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The Special Olympics Summer Games start at Eckersall Stadium


CHICAGO (CBS) – Hundreds of athletes enjoyed the beautiful weather on Monday, starting the Special Olympics.

The long jump, shot put, races and more are all part of the Illinois Special Olympics regional games in Chicago on Wednesday.

About 1,800 athletes compete at Eckersall Stadium in the South Chicago area; encouraged by coaches, volunteers and family members.

Athletes trained for eight weeks; some of them are trying sports for the first time.

“I decided to try long jump. That’s why I’ve never tried anything before, so I had to learn something new,” said athlete Susie Cruz.

“It’s a great day and we’ll be here all week if anyone wants to go out. It’s just a great day for Chicago,” said Skinny Jim Skinny of Special Children’s Charities.

This week’s gold medalists will move to the state level, competing in next month’s Summer Games at the University of Illinois.


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