Special Olympics Holds Champion Ride

By Emily Dwire
By Rachel Martin


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August 10, 2013 Updated Aug 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Everyone is a champion! That's why Lucky Harley Davidson teamed up with the Special Olympics of Allen County for a "Champion Ride."

Bikers hopped on their bikes Saturday afternoon and took off for a 40-mile ride around town.

The ride raises money for the Special Olympics, which gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to train and compete in a variety of Olympic-type sports, and through that, it brings the athletes closer together.

“Part of the camaraderie of having fun, seeing their friends, all the social skills that goes with that along with the sportsmanship. It really builds some of their team concept by working with other people and it gives them a whole new sense of self-confidence because they're able to participate in a sport that they might not have been allowed to in another location,” said Donna Hazelett with the Allen County Special Olympics.

There was food, live music, and a cornhole tournament for people to enjoy.

This is the first year the event was held, and Lucky Harley Davidson hopes to make it an annual event.

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