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The Special Olympics Helped Make Him a Star, So He Gave Them This Amazing Thank You

by Sean McDonald

July 27, 2015

Many football fans know Jamaal Charles as the lightening-fast running back of the Kansas City Chiefs, but what they may not know is how Charles got his start. Early in his childhood, Charles discovered he had trouble reading, and later found out he had a learning disability. When he was ten-years-old, he decided to compete in the Special Olympic Games and ended up winning gold in track and field. He credits the Special Olympics with giving him the confidence he needed to build his football career, and this year he decided to give back to the event that helped make him who he is by delivering this powerful speech at the opening ceremony.

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The Special Olympics Helped Make Him a Star, So He Gave Them This Amazing Thank You