Special Olympics athletes pull firetrucks in fundraiser with fir

Special Olympics athletes pull firetrucks in fundraiser with first responders

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Pulling firetrucks one step at a time, in unison. 

It is a yearly fundraiser for Special Olympics athletes in the West Texas area, put on by Lubbock first responders Saturday morning.

Ashley Pena, the executive director of the west region of Special Olympics of Texas, said this is more than just a fundraiser or competition -- it is a life lesson. 

"One of the things we try to really instill in them is teamwork. You're nothing without your team, whether you're playing singles in tennis or a five-on-five basketball game. Teamwork is what makes you succeed, so it's good to see the community showing that to our athletes," Pena said.

Watching firefighters and police officers also compete as teams, Pena said it is a reminder of the community's support..

"We have a Law Enforcement Torch Run organization that specifically raises money for the Special Olympics year round, so to see them here, to see them recruiting more people, it means the world to us," Pena said.

Above all else, Pena said she hopes events like this become more prevalent. 

"We raise 100 percent of the money that we need to run our program here across the South Plains, so the money that's coming in, the sponsorships, and all of that is amazing because we need it, but we just want our name out there. We want people to see what the Special Olympics is all about, whether it's fundraising, volunteering, or just coming out to see one of our events. We just want to be a bigger name in the community," Pena said.

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