Special Olympics
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The Pennsylvania Special Olympics are underway Opening ceremonies, including the lighting of the Olympic torch, were held Thursday night. An athlete from Monroe County had the honor of carrying the torch and lighting the fire to kick off the games. Athletes will be competing in a wide range of events through Saturday. This is the 50th anniversary for the summer games. The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games are held in State College every year. It's the largest annual competition for Pennsylvania's Special Olympics program. This three-day event brings together more than 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state, uniting them in Happy Valley. The athletes are preparing for their second day of competition, including swimming, basketball, bowling, equestrian sports, golf, gymnastics, softball and tennis. Coaches, athletes and volunteers prepare for this event for weeks in advance. The games conclude on Saturday but volunteers are still needed.