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A special day in Indianapolis for Special Olympics athletes

1200 take part in competitions at Brebeuf
Posted at 1:57 PM, Sep 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-08 13:57:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS—Some 1,200 Indiana Special Olympic athletes took part Sunday in volleyball, flag football, cross-country running and cornhole at Special Olympics Indiana's 2019 EKS Games, held on campus of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory Academy in Indianapolis.

The games, which began with festive opening ceremonies, are named for the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, national founder of Special Olympics.

Besides the athletes, nearly 500 Brebeuf students volunteered at the games, led by the school's 25-member Student Athlete Leadership Team—which annually works with Special Olympics staff to plan and carry out all facets of the event. It takes months of planning.

There are also many coaches and partners who work with the athletes. In all, more than 1,800 people took part.