Special Olympics Held in Monroe County

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EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – They’re off to the races!

“We’re running, doing softball, and having fun,” smiles Shemar Gravesande, Stroudsburg School District special olympics athlete. 

From javelin to meter dashes, wheelchair races and long jump, students are having a blast during this year’s Special Olympics at East Stroudsburg High School South.  

More than 600 athletes from the different Monroe County school districts are participating.

“A lot of our kids that are here today don’t get to participate in sports that are held at the various schools, so today is there day to shine and do their sports,” explains Amanda Sechrist, Director, Northampton County Special Olympics. 

Today, the athletes continue overcoming challenges. 

“It felt really good. Well the racing one, I thought I was never going to win because I was neck and neck with this person. Then bam, I just won!” exclaims Kayla Peters, Pocono Mountain School District special olympics athlete. 

They’re cheered on by supportive fans and proud parents. 

“I mean, this is amazing. You can’t ask for anything better. Just look around and see the parents, the kids, the smiles. I think they all look forward to this every year,” says JC Clifford, parent of special olympics athlete. 

The athletes look forward to inspiring you, too. “You always have to believe in yourself, to believe you can,” Peters smiles. 


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