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Special Olympics athletes sing ‘Stand By Me’ to show support for health care workers, first responders

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Practices and competitions have been shut down for the Special Olympics Florida, so the athletes took some time to show support for healthcare workers and first responders.

In a music video, the athletes sang “Stand By Me,” with a special message at the end.

See the video below:

Stand By Me

One thing to remember during challenging times…we’re all in this together. And when the world seems uncertain, the things that are important become clear. We would like to share our appreciation to all of the heroes who stand by the most vulnerable in our communities and send our deepest gratitude to our healthcare workers – for keeping us safe and healthy. You give us the gift of hope and healing every day. Please help us share this message from our athletes. #StandByMe #Gratitude #ThankYou

Posted by Special Olympics Florida on Monday, April 6, 2020

Channel 9’s Joe Kepner talked to one Special Olympics athlete who is training for a triathlon. She said it’s difficult right now because she isn’t able to train with her teammates, friends and coaches.

Joe also talked to Special Olympics Florida CEO Sherry Wheelock who said they’re hoping to begin competitions again in June. However, she said they will make that decision after consulting with the health department and other experts about the risks.

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Joe Kepner

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