Wednesday, 11 October 2017 16:11

Annual Special Olympics Central Maine Soccer Tournament showcases talent and community

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BANGOR - 13 teams and 267 athletes laced up their cleats to learn new skills and compete at the annual Special Olympics Maine Central Soccer Tournament on Wednesday. 

“Today is the culmination of their hard earned work, working together as a team, or whether they’re doing individual skills,” Maine Special Olympics program director Mark Capano said. 

 

“We always meet new friends, new people, new teams and we’re just having a great time we’re just having fun,” Auburn Navigators player Brandon Mullen said. 

 

Mullen’s team put their skill on display Wednesday, scoring at will and advancing through the tournament as their supporters and teachers watching on the sideline.

 

“With 13 teams here each one of them has a highly trained coach and our athletes just blossom because of that,” Capano said.

 

Krista Wotherspoon is a coach for the Navigators and has been around sports her entire life.

 

She says the best part about what she does is the athletes.

 

“They just make the games and everyday better, they make you laugh, smile, they make everything enjoyable,” Wotherspoon said.

 

While it is a tournament and each and every team goes in with one goal in mind, they say their favorite thing is the sense of community.

 

“The smiles on their face, win or lose we’re all going home with smiles so it's pretty awesome,” Wotherspoon said.

 

Andrew Badillo

Sports Reporter/Weekend Anchor
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Andrew Badillo joined the ABC 7 and FOX 22 sports team in August 2017.

Before ABC 7 and FOX 22, Andrew graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in broadcast journalism. At Quinnipiac, Andrew was a member of the school's student-run television station, Q30 Television, where he served as its general manager, vice president, sports anchor and reporter. He gained experience covering Quinnipiac Athletics and was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and College Media Association for his work.

In addition to his experience at Q30, Andrew also gained professional experience at MLB Network and News 12 Connecticut.

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