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FINISHING THE RACE TOGETHER

Several years ago, five handicapped finalists gathered at the starting line for the Special Olympics. They had all trained hard for this day. Hearts were pounding. And each one wanted to win. The starter’s gun discharged and the athletes exploded from their crouched positions. The crowd was on their feet shouting and cheering as the contestants ran with all that was in them.

Suddenly one of the runners stumbled and fell flat on his face. He struggled to get up but couldn’t. A hush fell over the stadium. In the next moment, one of the runners stopped and helped the fallen child back up. The two of them finished the race together

Source: Michael Broome, “Really Winning” in Stories for the Heart, compiled by Alice Gray, p. 26.

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