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King and queens lead Special Olympics

October 9, 2005

Albany- Among the many athletes and volunteers at the games was a king and some queens. Leading the pack at the Special Olympics opening ceremony and handing out awards at Sunday's games were three representatives of Mister and Miss Teen Special Henry County.

They're chosen based on presence, appearance and personality. The program helps to raise self-esteem and gives the contestants a chance to shine. "I like being Miss Teen. You get to go to like different places," says Miss Teen Special Houston County Rebecca Heaton.

"Some people approached me at the ceremony and said 'Can I have your autograph?' I said o.k. I never signed before, this is my first time," says Mr. Teen Special Frank Parker.

The program is sponsored by People First of Henry County. They hope to make it a statewide program in an effort to continue promoting fairness and equality for people with disabilities.