The Catholic community had joined in a winning pitch four years ago to host the Special Olympics for 2018 and were rewarded with the games as they turn 50 this year.
Sara Kigin finished in first place in the 100-meter freestyle, fourth in the 200-meter freestyle, fifth in the 400-meter freestyle and second in the 4×25 relay.
Pope Francis praised the passion and dedication of the Special Olympians as they train for their events, and said sports are good for everyone, physically and mentally.
ROME (CNS) — When Emmanuele Trincas described Roman Cocco as a “bomber” on the soccer field, they both laughed, but it also gave Cocco the confidence he needed to talk about his experience as a Special Olympics athlete. “I know it’s not modest,” Cocco said, but being chosen to play in an international soccer tournament […]