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Two dozen athletes from River City region to compete at Special Olympics USA Games



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No less than 24 athletes from Claiborne, Warren, and Yazoo counties are headed to compete at the national level in the Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. from June 5 to 11.

Area director Pauline Vessell and Sandy Hearn, assistant director, have done an excellent job connecting athletes with resources and raising funds to ensure that each of these talented athletes will have a chance to compete.

Special Olympics athletes display remarkable abilities not only on the field, but in all areas of life. By celebrating their dedication and perseverance, we become champions for a more inclusive world. A world where we all Shine As One.

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Sandy Hearn and Pauline Vessell with a busload of competition bound for the Special Olympics USA Games.

Watch and cheer them on as they join over 4,300 top athletes from across the U.S. and Caribbean, representing the River City in softball, bowling and athletics competitions.

Grammy Award-winning artist Sara Bareilles will be headlining the Opening Ceremony this Sunday, airing on ABC at 11 a.m.

“I am honored to take part in the Opening Ceremony,” shared Sara Bareilles, “Music unites and inspires, and that is what Special Olympics does every day. To be a part of the USA Games and perform for the athletes and their families as they begin this amazing week is a true gift.”

“The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games truly is an incredible opportunity to come together in the spirit of inclusion and to celebrate remarkable ability and teamwork,” said Joe Dzaluk, President and CEO, 2022 Special Olympics USA Games. “The Opening Ceremony is the perfect time to support the USA Games, extraordinary athletes from around the country and our Orlando community as we host the largest USA Games in history.”

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