A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics

A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics

A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics

A New Kind of Joy: The Story of the Special Olympics

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We Americans love sports so much that we have made great athletes our most popular heroes.Their exploits earn headlines. We cheer their skill and grace. We try to be like them in strength and courage.

This is a book about some very special athletes who may set no records and make no headlines. But Jerry Joe Gorrell, Susan Conn, Karl Wiedel, Julie West, Mike Baker, and the hundreds of thousands of champions they represent are heroes well worth our knowing and deserving of our cheers.

They are mentally retarded. For years they had almost no chance at all to become athletes. Our sports-minded society even denied them the chance to play. We kept . . .

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