Our View | Special Olympics Summer Games a celebration of human spirit

June 7, 2013 

Looking for inspiration? The Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 44th Annual Summer Games has plenty of it.

Caring? That’s in abundance also. Ditto for passion, perseverance and joy.

It’s all on display today as more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches and 2,500 volunteers from around the state return to Penn State for another day of triumphs.

The games, which began Thursday, conclude at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with the closing ceremonies at Bigler Field. After the final hugs and smiles, everyone will head home with their own stories as souvenirs.

Some will remember achieving goals, making months of training and hard work pay off.

Others will take away the satisfaction of helping athletes succeed.

And yet others will treasure memories of being surrounded by uplifting moments — doubles hit, friendships struck, races finished, bonds continued.

They all deserve applause for their commitment to an event that showcases some of the strongest lungs, fastest legs and kindest hearts in the state.

Hats off, especially, to the hundreds of runners, representing more than 40 law enforcement agencies and teams, who carried the “Olympic torch” from home plate at PNC Park in Pittsburgh to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park for the opening ceremonies.

They set the stage for the rest of the heroes, the boys and girls, men and women, who teach everyone else the true meaning of dedication.

Do yourself a favor and check out the action before three memorable days end.

When it comes to celebrating the human spirit, the Summer Games sets the gold standard.

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