Berkshire County Special Olympics teaches the thrill of victory, agony of defeat


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GREAT BARRINGTON -- More than 200 athletes took to the track to compete in the 2014 Berkshire County Special Olympics at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday.

Dawn S. Giftos, an event volunteer and director of development at Riverbrook Residence in Stockbridge, described this year's iteration of the long-running event as "a big happy party."

"Everybody wins, so you see such team spirit," Giftos said. "It brings out the best in everyone. They care about their fellow athletes, which is hard to find."

Roughly the same number of volunteers and students from local high schools helped coordinate Wednesday's event, which began around 9 a.m., after a group of local police officers ran the signature torch to the school from downtown Stockbridge. The games continued until after 1 p.m., including various track and field events and Frisbee and softball throws.

Athletes included people with disabilities from all over the county, aged eight to 70 years old.


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