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Special Olympics Heads to Weston

WESTON, Conn. – Some of the best athletes across the area will be coming to town as the Special Olympics Connecticut Southwest Region announced Weston will be the new venue for its regional games.

It is estimated nearly 650 athletes will complete in various sporting events May 12 at Weston Middle and High Schools on School Road. Some of the activities will include the opening ceremonies, lunch, awards presentations and Olympic Town, an area offering skills, arts and crafts and games to enjoy during the downtime between the competitions.

With confidence and strength, the athletes overcome medical challenges, isolation and prejudices to achieve acceptance in the community. Westonite and Special Olympics Chairman of the Board Rick Allen said in a statement, “Not only do our athletes take pride in competing but they gain acceptance, have greater self- esteem and create lifelong friendships.”

The Special Olympics is asking Weston residents and those from the surrounding community to join the “Be a Fan” movement, where they can cheer on the athletes as they participate in the games.

“I’m looking forward to the excitement along School Road on May 12 and hope many of my Weston neighbors will attend to experience this great day,” Allen said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering, can contact Lisa Vane, regional director, at 203-380-9990 ext. 601 or email her at .

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