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PennLive Op-Ed: "Being a Special Olympics volunteer teaches lessons on sportsmanship, trying our best: Carolyn Phillips"

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PennLive Op-Ed: "Being a Special Olympics volunteer teaches lessons on sportsmanship, trying our best: Carolyn Phillips"

By Carolyn Phillips, a junior at Pace University who is originally from the Mechanicsburg area.

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt" was pledged by athletes at the first Special Olympics World Games in 1968, and that same oath was taken 47 years later in Los Angeles last month. The only difference was that this time I was there to hear it. I volunteered at the Special Olympics World Games, the biggest sporting and humanitarian event in the world in 2015.

The week started July 25 with the opening ceremony at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum (where the 1932 and 1984 Olympic opening ceremonies were held). It was a night filled with motivational stories from athletes about the gifts Special Olympics has given them, songs written just for the Games, and the end to the transnational Torch Run, which started in Athens, Greece, and ended in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful moment. I was able to see the torchbearers run the Flame of Hope in New York City, and I saw the torchbearers light the cauldron to start the Games. It signified hope for the World Games and for all individuals with disabilities throughout the world.

Read more: http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/08/special_olympics_volunteer_les.html