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GUEST,Lilyfestre 29 Apr 04 - 09:11 AM
Rapparee 29 Apr 04 - 09:18 AM
Wolfgang 29 Apr 04 - 09:57 AM
Blackcatter 29 Apr 04 - 12:21 PM
GUEST,petr 29 Apr 04 - 12:47 PM
vectis 29 Apr 04 - 08:08 PM
GUEST,irishbabe 30 Apr 04 - 03:03 PM
Peace 30 Apr 04 - 09:22 PM
catspaw49 30 Apr 04 - 10:49 PM
Rapparee 30 Apr 04 - 11:00 PM
Big Mick 30 Apr 04 - 11:12 PM
Chief Chaos 30 Apr 04 - 11:51 PM
open mike 01 May 04 - 12:10 AM

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Subject: BS: Special Olympics
From: GUEST,Lilyfestre
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 09:11 AM

I had the opportunity to volunteer this year with the Special Olympics. The amount of people who participated was most impressive! We had children as young as 5 and also those who are 50+ competing in various events. There were at least 15 organizations and schools that participated for just our small area. The opening of the games involved the passing of the torch, a parade led by a local band, the national anthem and opening prayer...and that's just for starters! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!

    Being that Mudcat has an international population, I am wondering if Special Olympics (sporting event for the mentally and physically challenged) are held outside the United States?

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 09:18 AM

They held the SO in South Bend while I was living there. It was one wonderful, exciting experience!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Wolfgang
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 09:57 AM

Yes, often held outside of the USA. Google and look at the first 20 pages to find at least five countries mentioned.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Blackcatter
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 12:21 PM

The are very international - Something like over 100 countries have local events.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 12:47 PM

yes they are held outside the US.
a friends niece is going to Japan next february to compete in downhill skiing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: vectis
Date: 29 Apr 04 - 08:08 PM

There was a huge international one held in Ireland last year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: GUEST,irishbabe
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 03:03 PM

the special olympics were held in dublin in june last year.
i was a volanteer... best time of my life!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Peace
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 09:22 PM

Canada too. In lots of places. Often.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: catspaw49
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 10:49 PM

As the Dad of a S-O participant, and a very happy one, and also as a volunteer, there is nothing quite like them. Every one of them results in little moments that are great stories. For all of you who have never been.....Go. I bet if you attend one, you'll be involved in the next!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:00 PM

Special Olympics are truly grand, and "wonderful" doesn't begin to describe them. Go and experience.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Big Mick
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:12 PM

How could anything be more wonderful. I have volunteered for many things in my life. None, I repeat, none, has ever come close to the satisfaction and good times that I experienced in Special Olympics. It is one of those events where you set out to help, and at the end you realize the young people helped you far more than you helped them.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:51 PM

Helped out with them a few times, try to get my "special" kids (the young'uns at work)to either judge, assist in some other way or at least participate in an event to the best of their ability *BG*!

Can't describe the feeling it gives you. You just gotta do it!

There's a song by Bruce Hornsby and the Range by the title of "Long Race" which I have always felt would make a great theme song for the Special Olympics.


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Subject: RE: BS: Special Olympics
From: open mike
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:10 AM

there was a great e-mail going around a while back about a special
olympics race where a running child fell, and all the participants
went back to help the fallen one and they all finished together..
very heart warming story.


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