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Brockport hosts Monroe County Special Olympics

Roughly 80 schools brought more than 1,000 athletes to compete in the Monroe County Special Olympics at Brockport Thursday. (WHAM photo)

Brockport, N.Y. (WHAM) - The spirit of competition was on full display Thursday at Brockport Central Schools.

Roughly 80 schools brought more than 1,000 athletes to compete in the Monroe County Special Olympics.

The games were mostly made up of track and field events.

"Today is all about the kids and their participation," said Todd Hagreen, the athletic director for Brockport Schools. "It's a celebration of all their effort that they put into training for today. Just to get an opportunity to compete against fellow athletes from around Monroe County and to experience that joy. "I think their smiles show it today by the experience that they're gaining."

The one-day event also included a young athlete experience for the smallest of participants.

Rochester will be hosting the 2018 and 2019 New York State Special Olympics Winter Games. Last week, law enforcement officers from across the Rochester region carried the Flame of Hope to signify the Games coming to Rochester.

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