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Special Olympics team receives warm welcome home following victory

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Jul 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-08 11:15:10-04

A Mid-Michigan Special Olympics team received a very warm welcome home after winning gold in a national flag football competition.

The Holt and Mason Unified Champion School's flag football team arrived home Saturday night via a school bus at Washington Woods Middle School around 7 p.m.

A large crowd cheered the team on as they got off a school bus.

The team won a nail-biting flag football game competing in the Summer Olympics USA Games in Seattle.

While playing Minnesota the team made a comeback, winning the game with a come behind pass. Only 30 seconds were left in the game.

The team also played Arkansas, Florida, and Arizona.

The moment was caught on camera.

“We jumped up and down, screaming parents ran down to the field everybody was hugging each other,” said Coach Sally Meade. “Words can’t describe it.”

All ten team members received their own gold medals.

The Special Olympics USA Games is a national competition held across the country each year.

More than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing 50 state Programs and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, compete in 14 Olympic-type team and individual sports.

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