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A special event for some special athletes

River Area Special Olympics will host its 5th Annual Breakfast with Cahmpions November 17th

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Without doubt athletes were hit especially hard during the pandemic. But, even more so was the impact on our Special Olympics athletes.

For many of our Special Olympic athletes, understanding why they couldn't compete was difficult. The Special Olympics offers more than just games and medals.

Athletes train and give it their all when competing. The program allows for them to socialize and learn the benefits of working hard to achieve goals.

In the Desert Southwest, the communities commitment to these athletes can be seen each year as the Special Olympics torch is carried by our local law enforcement and first responders.

On Wednesday, November 17th the River-Area Special Olympics will host its Annual Breakfast with Champions at the Palms Resort in Yuma. The event will give local supporters the opportunity to meet one-on-one.

Lisa Ball the River-Area Special Olympic Director wants the community to know how crucial this program is to the development of our local athletes. Although the event is invitation-only, Ball says there are some spots still left.

If you're interested in attending the Breakfast with Champions you can email Lisa at or call her at 928-210-8862. Check-in time for the event is 6:45 a.m.

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