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Special Olympics underway

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Special Olympics athletes from Delaware and California spent an intense afternoon on the courts at the College of New Jersey locked in a fierce rivalry on Monday.

Guard Heidi Sand was a high scoring player in this game. Heidi has competed in the Special Olympics for the past 18 years.

Basketball is just one of a number of athletic competitions that got underway during the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games New Jersey.

Special Olympics athletes hit home runs in baseball, scored goals in soccer, and played tight matches on the tennis courts.

These games are about much more than the final score. These competitions give those with intellectual disabilities a chance to feel included.

Katia Davila helps coach the Special Olympics team her sister is on. She has seen first-hand how it has changed her sister's life.

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