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BOCES Special Olympics Team prepares for USA Games in New Jersey

Seven Local seven local athletes are getting set to go for the gold at the Special Olympics USA games next month in New Jersey.

The athletes have been training for several months in bocce ball, tennis, track, and golf.

"I practice almost every single week and on weekends with my dad and it takes a lot of hard work in my practice," said golfer Brandy Bush of Binghamton.

"It's fun and it's difficult because I have to work on my grip which is the hard part," said golfer Chris Beylo of Johnson City.

Even though the sports may be challenging at times, these students come together like brothers and sisters.

"I love working with everyone because they are like my family really and they make me do the best that I can be," said bocce player Adeline Guzzi of Vestal.

At the head of the family in this group is the coaches. Megan Gorski has been coaching in the games for 11 years and has 1 tennis player in Dawn Perry on her way to nationals next month. But these games are not about one individual performance; itís about all of them. 

"Teamwork with the Special Olympics is amazing because there is no ego and everybody is a winner. They all want to do the best they can and be happy when someone else does a good job too," said Special Olympics Coach Megan Gorski.

This year's games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 7 different sports and the coaches notice that  their athletes are passionate about competing at a high level and have been giving 100 percent effort.

"These guys get into everything with all their heart so they have such a good time with everything they do that going to the next level is just the most exciting thing right now," said Gorski.

Training for the Olympics is not only fun, itís made one girls wish become a reality.

"I am extremely excited because I didn't know that my dream was going to come true," said Adeline Guzzi.

Now before they head out to new jersey for the week event, they will meet former Olympian Randy Will at Nevoles pizza in Johnson City on May 28th at 6:30 pm. He will pass the torch over to the 7 athletes leading the pack in the Southern Tier.


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