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Athletes preparing for Area 9 Special Olympics

Updated: Thursday, May 1 2014, 06:36 PM EDT

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- Local athletes are gearing up for the 2014 Area 9 Special Olympics in Jefferson County.
Preparations are underway to make the Steubenville Harding track game-day ready for Saturday.
“We have a lot of tents and chairs, we have to line bocce courts, we put out bleachers,” explained Jefferson County Special Olympics Coordinator Jane Bodo.
The preparations are for star athletes from the School of Bright Promise. They stretch, run, and play a little basketball as they eagerly wait to compete in the Special Olympics against other athletes.
“We’ve seen some really good talent here locally,” said John Blosco, manager of Steubenville Special Olympics. “I can remember when we had the right age relay teams, we had some really good relay matches here from all the schools in our area.”
It's the 38th year for the Area 9 Special Olympics in Jefferson County, where more than 200 athletes from nine different counties compete in a variety of events, including track and field.
“I’m so proud of all of our athletes,” Bado said. “They blossom when they're out here and when they have someone cheering for them and when they have their family members and friends and anyone that they see that they're familiar with coming out here to support them, they do their best and they really shine.”
The goal on Opening Day is to fill the seats. With the help from more than 100 volunteers, Special Olympics Coordinators are certain they will see a great turnout.
“Everyone comes out and it says something about our area and how supportive we are for not only our own athletes but those athletes that are  coming in from out of town,” Bodo said.
Athletes must compete at the qualifier this Saturday  in order to compete at the Ohio Special Olympics Games this summer at The Ohio State University.

Athletes preparing for Area 9 Special Olympics


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