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Gearing Up for Special Olympics Competition

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Hundreds of students are taking part in an annual tradition dating back 
 More than a half century.
   Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead is in Monroe County showing how the Special Olympics are bringing together a community 
 
"When I first heard about it I was so excited. I'm just so excited. I love competing, I love coming to events like this." Said John Judd, Special Olympic Athlete

 


John Judd is one of many athletes eager to come to compete in the Special Olympics event this weekend at East Stroudsburg University. Organizers of the competition have a strong connection to this event. 
 
 "I'm not quite sure I can put it into words" "It's family, I mean, we're just a very big family. Athletes, coaches, volunteers, management team members, all of us. We're just a big family."  Said Taraz Crowley, Monroe County Special Olympics Program, Manager

Special Olympics brings together both East Stroudsburg University students and their community

 
"It brings a sense of community to the campus. It brings a collaborative effort for our students, our departments, for everyone that's involved in organizing this event. It's so important to bring that kind of atmosphere to campus."  said Professor Edward Arner, of ESU

 
"The inclusiveness of just not being different and their just like everyone else and it brings, this is their moment to shine as athletes and individuals. And the community coming together to show that and support them," added Chrissi Wolosz, Event Director 

With events like these, everyone comes out a winner. 

 THE EVENT WILL BE HELD SUNDAY AT 9 A.M.  AT THE FOOTBALL STADIUM.


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