LET THE GAMES BE­GIN

Spe­cial Olympics holds an­nual Philadel­phia Spring Games at Penn Char­ter

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Law en­force­ment per­son­nel and vol­un­teer run­ners carry the Olympic torch into the sta­dium as Spe­cial Olympics Penn­syl­va­nia’s 40th an­nual Philadel­phia Spring Games kick off at Wil­liam Penn Char­ter School in East Falls Satur­day, April 29.

Ap­prox­i­mately 250 ath­letes com­peted in Spe­cial Olympics Penn­syl­va­nia’s 40th an­nual Philadel­phia Spring Games at Wil­liam Penn Char­ter School in East Falls Satur­day, April 29. More 300 vol­un­teers also pro­vided sup­port for the com­pe­ti­tion. The day be­gan with lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers run­ning 3.1 miles from the Philadel­phia Art Mu­seum to Penn Char­ter, car­ry­ing the Flame of Hope to the open­ing cer­e­monies. Ath­letes com­peted in track and field, basketball and ten­nis.

RICK CAWLEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vol­un­teer Ash­ley Herr paces An­nie Pavloff across the fin­ish line in the 1,500-me­ter race.

Ath­lete Al­li­son Ru­tizer and CSN’s John Boruk de­clare the games “open.”

Philadel­phia Mayor Jim Ken­ney poses with Al­li­son Ru­tizer fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies.

For­mer world box­ing cham­pion Bernard Hop­kins shares the Olympic Torch with con­tes­tant Michael Hen­der­son.

Christina DiVergilisi tosses the ball in the bocce com­pe­ti­tion.

Con­tes­tants pass the ba­ton in the 4-by-100-me­ter re­lay.

PHO­TOS BY RICK CAWLEY — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Keith Collins lets it fly in the soft­ball throw.

Vin­nie Donachie-Oc­chi­olini com­petes in the ten­nis ball throw.

Teddy Anger­man tosses the ball in the bocce com­pe­ti­tion.

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