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Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles recounts how competing in Special Olympics changed his life

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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles spoke Saturday at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.

Charles told a touching story of growing up and being able to compete in the Special Olympics.

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“When I was 10 years old, I had a chance to compete in the Special Olympics,” Charles said. “That’s right, the Special Olympics gave me my first chance to discover a talent I did not know that I had. When I competed in the Special Olympics, I found out just how fast I was.”

There’s more, and it’s heart-warming:

Hat tip to For The Win.

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