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Spirit of Special Olympics burns bright at Unity Torch Walk in Newport Beach

Special Olympians and their supporters celebrated sports and inclusion Thursday evening at a Unity Torch Walk in Newport Beach.

The event was a fundraiser to help local Special Olympics participants train and compete. City officials and others joined athletes in a walk around the picturesque Civic Center Park and in a basketball-shooting challenge.

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The walk was a prelude to the Orange County Regional Spring Games on Saturday in Irvine, featuring more than 800 Special Olympics athletes from Southern California.

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