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Fill the stands with fans for Special Olympics

(Source: Special Olympics North Carolina) (Source: Special Olympics North Carolina)

The excitement and joy at Bojangles' Coliseum this Tuesday morning will be the kind that lingers with people who attend the Special Olympics of Mecklenburg County Opening Ceremonies.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. Parking is free.

Vanessa Infanzon will be there supporting her son, Ben, who is one of the athletes. A few years ago, Infanzon spearheaded an effort to fill the stands with fans. Pictures of past Opening Ceremonies showed few people in the crowd.

“It's really to cheer these athletes on and show them we support them. We support all the coaches and teachers out there who help to make these programs happen,” said Infanzon.

During Opening Ceremonies last year, WBTV encountered folks who came out to show their support for the first time. Many said they would return because it was so much fun to cheer.

More than 1,200 athletes are expected to march into the coliseum with their coaches and teachers. They’ve trained for six weeks for this moment in events ranging from swimming to track and field to softball.

Events take place at Charlotte Country Day, Mallard Creek High School, Mecklenburg County Aquatics Center, and the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center.

For more information on the schedule, click here.

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