Senator Baker Welcomes Special Olympian From Mountain Top to Harrisburg

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(WBRE/WYOU-TV)       Special Olympians from throughout Pennsylvania were in Harrisburg Monday to be recognized for their accomplishments. Among the athletes was Aaron Keller, 21, of Dorrance Township.  Aaron brought home the gold and silver medal he earned earlier this year at the Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While at the capitol he met with Senator Lisa Baker, who introduced the Luzerne County Community College student during a Senate session.

 “We frequently, with pride and excitement, acknowledge the efforts of athletes and squads whose ability and teamwork result in championships. It is even more heartwarming to recognize and commend the athletes joining us today,” said Baker, R-20th. “Special Olympians really are double champions. They became champions the moment they first participated in the competition, rising above whatever limitations confront them. To compete in the world games in Abu Dhabi, an experience of a lifetime, and to triumph, was exhilarating for them and inspiring for us. Their winning performance comes from perseverance, and from teamwork, the encouragement, and love from their parents, coaches, sponsors, and most of all, their fellow athletes.”

 In March, upon his return from the World Games, a parade was held in his honor in Mountain Top.

 Keller, a 2017 graduate of Crestwood High School, serves as an assistant coach for the school’s cross country and track teams. He earned a gold medal in the 10,000-meter run, a silver medal in the 1500 meter run, and another silver medal in the 400-meter relay. 

(Information from  Andrew M. Seder)

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