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Jacksonville Athletes Prepare for Special Olympics
The Special Olympics is making sure folks here in Illinois get the chance to show their athletic talents. Jacksonville athletes are getting ready for the state competition on Friday.
The soccer team will compete against players from across the state in hopes of going on to the national games. Rain stopped their usual practice Sunday, but team members didn't let it dampen their spirits.
"Evey though Special Olympics is for fun, it's a serious sport," Jacksonville Wolverines Head Coach Richard Larkin said. "These guys take the sport seriously. The coaches take the sport seriously. We train, we run plays, we work on fundamentals just like any other coach would."
Some of the Jacksonville players have competed in the Special Olympics World Games.
The summer games are being held at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal. The soccer team takes the field Saturday afternoon.