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Special Olympics basketball and cheerleading event held on Saturday

Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-11 19:47:56-05

Close to 500 Special Olympics Arizona athletes from Tucson and southern Arizona competed in a basketball and cheerleading competitions Saturday. 

The teams ranged from high schools to adults. 

One coach who has been involved for 40 years says this is a great opportunity for the athletes. 

"This is probably the best thing for these young people. It gives them an opportunity to excel in so many ways," Harry Parks, a basketball coach told KGUN9. 

All of the participating athletes competed for medals and ribbons in their events.