Special Olympics Gets Kids Started Early

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    DECATUR- At Hope Academy, students got a field day of sorts hosted by Special Olympics Illinois and whether kids have disabilities or not, they all got the chance to compete and interact. 
    The kindergarten students learned all year long to complete basic moves that make up most sports like catching, throwing running and jumping. 
    But instead of being instructed only by teachers, fourth and fifth graders worked with the kindergarten students one-on-one. 
    The program is all-inclusive, showing kids that Special Olympics is for everyone and part of the goal is not only to recruit young athletes with intellectual disabilities  but also to recruit future volunteers.
    Wednesday's event was a showcase  of all of the sklearned completeedcomplete with opening and closing ceremonies. 
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