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Athletes compete at Wisconsin State Special Olympics Summer Games

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - The Special Olympics featured competition in track and field, soccer, swimming and power lifting.

Local law enforcement has volunteered to help with the softball throw for more than 30 years.

Portage County Sheriff John Charowicz is among them.

"These people are great, I just can't say enough about the way they perform," said Charowicz.

This event is similar to the shot put. Athletes from all over Wisconsin took their chance at throwing a softball as far as they could.

One rookie from Marshfield had gold on his mind.

"I was thinking man I'm going to win today," said athlete Brandon Hart.

This is Brandon Hart's first year competing in the Special Olympics. He began training in late March. That work paid off.

"I was excited to come because it was nice out, beautiful day," said Hart.

The rookie took first place in the softball throw.

The Marshfield area track and field coach was excited for Hart.

"It was great to see him accomplish that for his first year. It was just great," said coach Randy Follen.

As for Sheriff Charowicz, he may be leaving law enforcement but he's not done helping these special athletes as a volunteer.

"I'm retiring and I'm clearing my schedule but the first week in June will always be clear for Special Olympics."

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