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AUGUST 29, 2012
The Paralympics Begin!

Have you been missing the Olympic Games? 

Well, just in time, the Paralympic Games begins Wednesday, August 29 and runs through September 9, 2012. Set in the same venues in London as the 2012 Olympics, competition starts today.  Anticipation is high and tickets have been selling out this summer as record numbers will be attending.

One of the highlights will be the running race (the men's T44 100 meters) of Olympic participant, Oscar Pistorius from South Africa.

Check out the London 2012 Paralympics website to find out more about the sports and the paralympic athletes .

Look for these books in the library:

Athletes With Disabilities by Deborah Kent



Special Olympics by Mike Kennedy


Beating the Odds by Mary Packard


Breathing Soccer by Debbie Spring

Want to know more? The Special Olympics (which is different from the Paralympics),  Adaptive Adventures, and Make a Hero are some other organizations that specialize in adaptive sports for people with disabilities.

And for a fun time with lots of laughs play with the Olympic mascots on their  interactive website for kids.

If you have ever participated, observed or been a volunteer for any of these groups, then share your experience on this blog! 

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