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Team blazing new trails

Tantasqua honors region's Special Olympians

The Tantasqua Trailblazers Special Olympics team is seen stretching before a May 7 competition. They were honored for their accomplishments at a ceremony at Tantasqua Regional High School Friday. Courtesy Al Ferreira. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2009
STURBRIDGE — Some people are natural born athletes. For those who are not, the thrill of the game, and the camaraderie and accolades sports participation brings, is far sweeter.

On Friday, May 29, the Tantasqua Regional School District honored the 29 members of the Trailblazers Special Olympic team with trophies for their accomplishments.

"It's a culmination of a year-long training," said Brenda Looney, coach of the Trailblazers.

Looney, the school district coordinator for autism spectrum disorders, said the district got involved with the Special Olympics program about six years ago as a means of emphasizing social skills and community involvement in children with mental and physical handicaps.

See Monday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage.

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