Athletes shine at Onondaga County Special Olympics event

Breanna Stewart congratulates several athletes.

It was a special day for some very special athletes from across Central New York Thursday.

More than 800 athletes from fourteen school districts turned out for this yearâ??s Onondaga County Special Olympics. The event kicked off with a parade honoring Special Olympians from fourteen school districts.

Former CNS womenâ??s basketball star Breanna Stewart was master of ceremonies for this yearâ??s event.

Stewart, who led the UCONN Huskies to back to back National Championships, says everyone can learn from the example set by the Special Olympians.

"It's awesome to see how excited they are to be here and you just want to make sure they're coming out here and they're having fun," she says.

The Special Olympians trained for 8 weeks for today's competition.

Besides track and field events athletes also competed in adaptive events including walking and wheelchair races.