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More than 300 athletes, coaches and support delegates attended a week-long Training Camp from September 17 – 21 in Newark, Delaware in preparation for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games that will be held in Abu Dhabi. Thirteen of our Pennsylvania athletes were among the proud attendees.

Some Extremely Exciting Things Happened:

  • Delina Rodriguez of Carbon County (Powerlifting) deadlifted 215 lbs. at Training Camp… 10 more than her personal best!
  • Brianna Whorl, Blair County (Tennis) was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Phillies Game! Learn more about Brianna in this brief video.
  • Aaron Keller of Luzerne County (Athletics) received the VIP treatment with a behind the scenes tour of Citizens Bank Park!

Powerlifting

Phillies Pitch   Aaron Keller

And the list goes on and on. With just under six months to go before the start of the World Games in March of next year, athletes were welcomed by Governor Carney, fitted for official uniforms, trained with fellow athletes, interacted with student-athletes from University of Delaware and more!

Group Shot

Check out photos from camp events and sports training.

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