Children across the Bronx take part in Special Olympics
Children from across the Bronx took part in their very own Olympics Friday. The Special Olympics features athletes from all across New York State and is being held at Hofstra University on Long Island.
The two-day event is not about being fast or strong. Instead it's about achieving one's personal best. The Special Olympics provides children and adults who are mentally retarded with a chance to improve physical fitness. They train with volunteer coaches for eight weeks before the event.
Athletes ranging in age from eight to 70 years old get to show off their skills in everything from basketball to volleyball. When they aren't competing, the athletes get to enjoy an Olympic village filled with games and free giveaways.
More than $500,000 from corporate and private donors along with more than 2,000 volunteers help make the event possible. The Special Olympics has been around for more than 30 years.