Hundreds of students compete in the 2017 Special Olympics at C-NS

CICERO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Hundreds of athletes from a dozen local schools, including BOCES, braved the warm weather on Thursday to take part in the 2017 Special Olympics.

The track and field event was held at the Cicero-North Syracuse High School athletic complex. 

The day started with a parade of athletes, followed by the games. 

Competitions included dashes, running long jump, standing broad jump, softball throw and shot put.  There were also adapted events, including walking with and without assistance, as well as wheelchair races.

"A lot of these kids will do a lot of practice for this through their AP classes and stuff so they practice them and so when they get here they show their stuff.  You know, it's like the sectionals or state championship for the high school kid,” said Fina Santagelo, of the Special Olympics committee.

Special Olympics games promote fitness, coordination and cardiovascular improvement. Organizers say they also help with self-confidence, discipline and self-esteem.

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