Special Olympians Go for the Gold in Arlington

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They came with their game faces; ready to go to the gold, but always showing their best sportsmanship.

“They are very competitive,” Tela Goodwin Mange said. Mange is the Vice President of Communications for Special Olympics Texas.

“They`ll run a race or they`ll play basketball and it`s like the NBA Final or something, and then when its over they shake hands and they give each other hugs.”

Hey, maybe Dez Bryant could learn a thing or two from these guys. Yeah, remember when he walked off the field last season, before the game end against the Packers?

Athletes of all ages came to University of Texas in Arlington for the 45th Special Olympics. Bryan Owens has been competing for the past 30 years. Owens is among the 2,900-plus competitors with aspirations of winning a medal.

“My mom found out the Special Olympics and I just love it,” he said..

Competitors even shared the field with some volunteers and competed in events like the unified relay.

“I like doing Special Olympics because it gives me a chance to work with my teammates and just coexist with them,” Special Olympian Austin Boley said. She`s also a member of the Abilene Mustangs relay team.

It appears everyone was a winner, as they sported their Olympic-sized hearts of gold.

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