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Athletes compete in Special Olympics in Baltimore

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 17:53:03-04

BALTIMORE — Hundreds of athletes across Baltimore City are showcasing their skills and athletic ability in track & field activities.

Special Olympics Maryland is hosting the Baltimore City Spring Games at the Poly-Western athletic complex through Thursday, May 9. This has been a Baltimore City tradition for 46 years.

Events include running, assisted walk, wheelchair race events, standing/running long jump, mini javelin, and the softball/tennis ball throw.

"A lot of our students have participated all year long in other events and this is our culminating event where they've been practicing in their track and field since about early October,” said Liam Gilbert, an educational associate for adapted physical education and coordinator for the Special Olympics for Baltimore City Public Schools. “They renew friendships, make new friends, enjoy the level of competition and are very happy when a Baltimore City Public Schools police officer gives them their medal at the end of the event. It’s a very fulfilling moment for them."

Special Olympics Maryland currently provides thousands of sports experiences annually for athletes statewide and offers 27 sports all at no cost to the athletes or their families.