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DeSmit to compete in USA Games in Florida

VERGENNES — Marcus DeSmit of Vergennes has been selected to compete in the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, to be held June 5-12 in Orlando, Fla. DeSmit, who will be swimming, is one of six athletes representing Vermont. The athletes will be accompanied by coaches, Unified Partners and staff.

To qualify for consideration as a competitor at Special Olympics USA or World Games, athletes must meet several requirements. They must have earned a gold or silver medal at a state level competition, be able to train and travel independently, and a be willing to represent themselves, their local program, and the Special Olympics Vermont delegation with competence and pride at the Games.

The Special Olympics USA Games, which is hosted every four years, will unite more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean. Over 10,000 volunteers will fill more than 20,000 volunteer shifts during the week. Over 125,000 family members, friends and spectators will witness the inspiring athletic accomplishments in 19 Olympic-style team and individual sports and more than 30 events. It all takes place at world-class venues, centered at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort.

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