Special Olympics Athlete Being Helped by Local Law Enforcement - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/02

Special Olympics Athlete Being Helped by Local Law Enforcement

The Special Olympics games. It's an event that Stacey Newsome takes seriously. For seven years now she's competed in the gymnastics event. "I do the ribbon routines and the ball routines," says Stacey.

But now, Stacey faces a new challenge. She's one of only two Lubbock athletes gearing up for the 2003 world summer games in Dublin, Ireland. "I practice everyday at the house and at the Special Olympics office," she says. However, the trip is expensive, and she needs all the help she can get -- that's where Lubbock law enforcement comes in.

Just a few months ago, they had a torch run. This event is the largest grassroots fundraiser for the Special Olympics. "We should help them out. They might have some disabilities, but we all have some type of disability," says Anita Barbosa, assistant director with the torch run.

Lubbock police teamed up on Saturday with the Special Olympics to help raise more money and awareness, and Stacey couldn't be happier. "I have 10 medals," says Stacey.

There are more than two dozen Special Olympics competitions each year.

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