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Loretta Claiborne surprises Team Oklahoma before 2014 Special Olympic National Games

A famous Special Olympian made a surprise visit to Team Oklahoma during preparation for the 2014 National Games in New Jersey.
by Dave Francis Modified: June 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014

As team Oklahoma gathered at the Oklahoma Special Olympics offices in Tulsa recently for a team building exercise and uniform check, they were surprised by a visit from Loretta Claiborne, a world-renowned Special Olympic athlete, public speaker and Special Olympic board member.

Her visit was arranged by MTM Recognition in Midwest City, who manufactures all the Special Olympics medals and awards, worldwide.

Claiborne stressed to the team that with hard work, dedication to God, themselves and their team, they too could achieve all that she has.

Her life’s hard road to success was documented in the 2000 Walt Disney movie, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.” In the film, she said she went from total poverty, little to no chances for a normal life and expected to be institutionalized, to learning four languages, receiving two honorary doctorates, a 1996 Espy award and numerous other awards and honors.

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by Dave Francis
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I'm the bowling coach for Team Oklahoma in the 2014 Special Olympics National Games.
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