**Wow, I’m REALLY late with this. I kinda failed in the whole ‘posting in a timely manner’ department**
CSULB CAMPUS / LONG BEACH, CA
On June 12th and 13th, the Special Olympics was held on the CSULB campus and I was there to cover it for the Daily 49er.
Before this year’s 2010 Special Olympics, I had never been to one. I had consequently, never really understood this program until I went this year and saw for myself how wonderful it is for everyone involved. The whole event has such a united spirit that even when I was surrounded by strangers, I felt a lot of love. I don’t believe I’ve ever been anywhere, where you could literally feel such genuine affection and goodwill.
These are my favorites.
^ This one is SO CUTE. The kid just makes me smile.
^ The guy standing in the runner’s lane was a part of volunteers who all stood behind the finish line to greet and stop the runners. Some of their interaction together was really sweet, like the moment I caught below.
The happiness of the competitors and volunteers was so infectious that I was smiling the rest of the day. After I left, I whole-heartedly knew why they created this event; It’s to put a smile on all of those kids’ faces and when they smile, we smile because it’s just so damn cute.