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Apr 27, 2013 10:27 PM

Social Media Making A Difference For Special Olympics

Two days before the state Special Olympics flag football tournament, organizers were faced with a big problem: Not enough referees.

But instead of throwing in the towel, organizers sought out the community for help, and you came through in a big way.

LEX 18 posted on our Facebook fan page that the Special Olympics flag football tournament needed more refs for the game on Sunday. "The next thing I know I have 18 missed calls, 12 new voice mails, I was like alright I know what this is," says Dennis Gaines, with the Fayette County Special Olympics.

Behold, the power of social media, they now have more than enough people to ref the game. "Where do you need me? What time do you need me? When do you want me there? I'd be glad to help you want me to find some more people?" remembers Gaines.

While some of the outpouring of support can be attributed to the social network, we know, it's really the heart of people right here in the Bluegrass, who know when their community needs them.


"Some of the personal victories and how athletic they are, even though they have intellectual disabilities, there are some true players," says Gaines.

The tournament is open and free to the public. It starts at 10:00 Sunday morning and lasts until 5:00 at Henry Clay High School.

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