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Watch These Athletes Describe Special Olympics in One Word

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Special Olympics” are two words that make a big impact in the lives of athletes with intellectual disabilities and spectators in the stands. More than 6,500 athletes from more than 200 countries gathered when the 2015 World Games were in Los Angeles from July 25 to August 2, 2015. The Mighty asked athletes from around the world to describe Special Olympics in just one word, here’s what they had to say.

1. Totally awesome! — Matthew Scates (US, Golf)

2. Joyful — Klaus Miller (Finland, Golf)

3. Awesome — Ranveer Singh Saini (India, Golf)

4.  Fantastic.

“A lot of people come together. They meet new people and they all participate in different sports” — Reagan Robinson (Zimbabwe, Golf)

5. Growing.

“It’s the movement of Special Olympics. Its growing by athletes, coaches, volunteers.” — Tess Trojan (Canada, Golf)

6. Awesome.

“You get to enjoy things that you like to do and just go out there and have fun.” — Jennifer Maddox (US, Equestrian)

7. Family.

“Because a very close family receives respect, receives a lot of affection, and a lot a lot a lot of love.” — Natanael Chaves (Guatemala, Golf)

8. Incredible.

“It changed me.” — Viren Mehata (Zimbabwe, Golf)

Originally published: August 10, 2015
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