Special Olympics return to Queen City
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — It's been more than a decade since Buffalo played host to the Special Olympics, and this year, the 2012 Summer Games will once again return to the Queen City.
Organizers from Special Olympics New York held an early kick-off party for the event Thursday at New Era headquarters in Buffalo. Buffalo Bills alumni were on hand to give athletes words of encouragement and support.
Thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities will compete in events such as track and field, gymnastics, and bowling.
"They train and they work very hard, but sometimes their limitations don't allow them to achieve and excel. Special Olympics gives them that chance," said Neal Johnson, the president and CEO of Special Olympics New York.
The 2012 Summer Games will be held at UB's North Campus June 16, with Opening Ceremonies on June 15.