North Pocono Hosts Special Olympics 2014

Published 05/01 2014 06:20PM

Updated 05/01 2014 07:38PM

It was a special day for dozens of athletes in Lackawanna County.

Hundreds of people turned out for the Special Olympics 2014 at North Pocono Middle School.

It is a day where the kids all get to be like everyone else.

"Every single day these kids excel at what they do and it's just a great day for them," coordinator Franco Forgione said.

As Marie Lena of Archbald watched her son compete, she had butterflies in her stomach.

"He had surgery two years ago and he was in a wheelchair and today for the first time he just walked without the walker. To watch that, it's amazing," mother Marie Lena said.

From a wheelchair race, to 50-meter run, to throwing and jumping events, volunteers helped to make the games a success.

"I love seeing the smiles when they cross the finish line. It's awesome. It makes my day," volunteer Emily Cook said.

"It's a day that we all look forward to. We all come here and we want to cheer for the kids and help out and everything," volunteer Kaitlyn Lewis said.

In Thursday's competitions there was no focus on "disabilities," only the abilities of the competitors and their attitudes.

Each student walked away a winner. Each walked away with ribbons.

"These kids just make me better for working with them. It's fantastic," Forgione said.

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