Special Olympics Starts

CHICAGO (AP) -- More than 25-hundred athletes are expected to compete in Chicago's Special Olympics Games that kick off this morning.

For the 39th annual spring Games, athletes will compete in track and field events including relays, the long jump, the high jump and shot put.

About 300 volunteers are expected to participate, and coaches and family members will be in attendance as well.

This year's honorary head coach is Darin Erstad of the Chicago White Sox.

The first Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago in 1968. Today there are five-thousand registered Special Olympics athletes in Chicago -- more than in 26 state programs.

The Games will be held at Eckersall Stadium and Park through Friday afternoon.


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