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Special Olympics Maryland Kicks Into Wico. W/ Soccer Tourney

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EDEN, Md. - More than 300 Special Olympics Maryland athletes were in Wicomico County for the 2013 soccer tournament.  For the fifth year in a row, the Special Olympics Maryland event was held at Crown Sports in Eden.

While the games are fun for the athletes, for the people who work with them, it's something much more special.

"We have a theme now that we talk about 'reveal the champion in all of us', so we transform the lives of special Olympics athletes through sport, but in so doing, they transform the lives of you and me.  They touch us in ways that we would never have experienced if not for the interaction with them, says Jim Schmutz, President and CEO of Special Olympics Maryland.

Dick Livingston, Assistant Coach for the Lower Shore team initially got involved with Special Olympics when his son was young.   Speaking of his experience working with Special Olympics athletes, Dick says "it's very humbling to think you come home with problems from your day, come out here with this group, they go away.  You see the trials and tribulations these guys and gals are going through, it makes your issues seem pretty small."

We spoke to Kurt Dotterweich, goalie for the Lower Shore team, who said he loves playing for some pretty simple reasons: a little bit of exercise, and the chance to bond with his friends.

"I like the running seeing every body's good, seeing all the group here, it's pretty fun, and shaking everybody's hand after every body's done.  A good feeling to go out there and do your best," says Dotterweich.

The Lower Shore team did go out and do their best.  Lower Shore Coach Grosz earned a silver medal in the 7v7 traditional Division 2, and Lower Shore Coach Collins earned a Gold Medal in the 7v7 traditional Division 4.

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