Closing Ceremonies Cap Off Memorable Week at Special Olypmics
Over 6,500 athletes alongside their family and friends filled the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this past Sunday to celebrate the ending of the 2015 Special Olympic World Games. As the games come to a close, those who've competed are left with imprinted memories that they can carry with them forever.
Athletes from over 160 countries participated in this years games, and thanks to ESPN and their coverage, many from around the globe had the chance to enjoy the games as well. Beginning in 1968 led by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, the Special Olympics went from a small event held in Chicago, Illinois, to a global event that brings together people from all around the world.
This years games featured an overwhelming amount of emotional and inspirational moments that deserve an unbelievable amount of recognition. Some of these moments show how no obstacle is big enough for the human spirit to overcome.
During the games, Jamaica's Kirk Wint did exactly that as he stepped out of his wheelchair and into the starting blocks for his 50-meter race. Unable to stand, Wint used his upper body to propel himself to a fourth place finish.
American Olivia Quigley competed in the 100-meter, winning the event. Quigley has been undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer and ran her race sporting an American flag scarf wrapped around her head.
Strangers stepped up to help the Haitian soccer team when their equipment was sent to the wrong place. Donations were being made by generous spectators to help the Haitian team have the proper equipment to play, including shin guards, socks, cleats, and uniforms.
It's moments like these that encapsulate the true definition of the Special Olympics.
Everyone here at 104.5 TheTeam would like to congratulate all of the Special Olympic athletes that competed and inspired us with their amazing stories of perseverance.
The Special Olympics Winter Games will be held in Austria in 2017. It seems as though with every passing Special Olympics Games we re-learn the true meaning of the human spirit.