“Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”: At its heart, the Special Olympics athlete oath emphasizes the importance of trying for one’s personal best. Although sometimes it can be mistaken for a lack of competitiveness or skill level for those outside of Special Olympics. Mark Hayes, a physical education teacher, said: “For anyone to think it’s all recreational, you haven’t been to a Special Olympics activity and you simply don’t know kids like Nick [Hilton], who’s in a higher division and will tell you straight up he’s there to win. Having fun is all part of it, but we work and try to achieve the best we can do. I don’t stand for anything less than that.”
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