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State Senate President Steve Sweeney To Cheer On Daughter At Special Olympics

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The Special Olympics USA Games are about to get underway!

Athletes are getting ready to participate in events at venues throughout New Jersey.

We've been profiling some of the athletes gearing up for the games.

And introducing you to their family members who know, just how much these events mean to their loved ones.

One of those Special Olympics families might look very familiar.

New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney is very proud of his daughter Lauren.

Lauren Sweeney plays it cool, but it's clear to see how much she loves her dad.

Her New Jersey soccer team will play in the Special Olympics USA games

Her coach says she's the heart of their squad.

"She's always the first one to congratulate somebody to high five somebody. There's always just a huge smile on her face," says Coach Gary Baker.

Lauren says she's ready to have a good time, and win!

Athletes from all over the country will arrive Saturday, ahead of Sunday's opening ceremonies, to participate in the games.

"Unlike when I compete or you compete. You see kids compete, but they're happy for each other, regardless of who wins. You know they clap for each other, they cheer for each other," said Sweeny.

Sweeney says the camaraderie is unlike anything you've ever seen.

"I hope she's successful with her teammates but I know one thing, no matter what, they're all winners," Sweeny added.

Sweeney will be one of the tens of thousands of proud parents, cheering on their athletes through New Jersey next week, knowing how much they've learned from the discipline of their sports, and the dedication to their teams.

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