Rome, Italy, May 24, 2016 / 02:02 am
Hundreds of athletes took to the fields in Rome over the weekend for the launch of this year's "Special Olympics European Football Week," an unique event which saw people both with – and without – intellectual disabilities competing side by side.
"This is about the athletes, about their abilities, about giving them a chance," said Logan Ludwig, deputy supreme knight for the Knights of Columbus, which sponsored the event.
"The Special Olympics athletes don't ask for special treatment. They just ask for a chance," he told CNA.
Nearly a hundred players took part in the games on Friday at the Knights-run Pio XI Sport Center, which launched the May 21-29 "Special Olympics European Football Week."