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Area athletes prepare for Special Olympics USA Games

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) -- Dozens of Wisconsin athletes will be heading to the Special Olympics USA Games in July and 10 of those competitors are from Dane County.

After a tryout in 2017, 54 athletes were given the exciting news that they would be making the trip to the state of Washington for the competition. Training started shortly after. 

"We send a team every four years," said Tommy Jaime, Special Olympics Wisconsin director of communications. "We're excited. There's a lot of buzz around the office, around the state and especially among the athletes."

Trevor Gaska, 23, will represent Wisconsin on the basketball court. He said he has loved the game for as long as he can remember.

"It's a fun sport to play, it's good exercise and team building," Gaska said.

The adult athletes say they're not letting a disability get in their way. 

"When I was younger, I blamed everything on my autism. Then one day me and my grandma had a talk about not blaming things on my autism, and now I don't let it get in my way. I don't let my anxiety get in the way, " he said.

Trevor said he's learned a lot about himself throughout his time competing in Special Olympics sports.

"I am a leader and I am really good on a team," Trevor said.

In the next few months, 27 News's Rebecca Ribley will be sharing the athletes stories, showing you what it takes to get to the USA games, on and off the court.

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