Winning the Race
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“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but co-operation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”

 – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States


A story about nine mentally or physically challenged athletes has been retold on the Internet and other places, including a short film. The story changes slightly with each retelling, but the following is the most commonly shared version.

The athletes start out in a 100-metre race, not exactly in a sprint, but with a desire to run the race, to finish and win. The group runs in threes and, about half-way though the event, one of the male athletes trips, stumbles and falls onto the track. When the other athletes hear h...

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