Free checkups helping Special Olympics athletes stay healthy

Jul 30, 2015 12:13 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - They arrived in Los Angeles by the thousands to run, jump and swim and to play such team sports as soccer and softball.

This week, however, Special Olympics athletes from around the world also are taking part in what could be called the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat events.

Tucked into a corner of the University of Southern California's sprawling campus is a makeshift medical clinic that seemingly sprouted overnight.

There, hundreds of doctors, dentists and other health care providers are working to ensure thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities don't go home until they've had head-to-toe checkups.

People who need glasses, hearing aids, even root canals, are getting them immediately.

For some, says Zabi Mansooky, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes director, this is the first time they've seen a doctor.

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