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AZ Special Olympics athletes take bravery to new heights

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Imagine the fear you might have rappelling 27 stories at CityScape Phoenix.

Now, put yourself in the shoes with someone with intellectual disabilities.

“It takes the same amount of courage to go ‘over the edge’ as it does for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports,” Special Olympics Arizona says on its website.

With that in mind, 180 people, including Bruce Clark, raised $1,000 each to take part in the “Over the Edge” event Saturday. Some were special Olympians, others were members of the community.

The $1,000 amount is the cost to support two athletes for an entire year at Special Olympics Arizona.

“I do it because our athletes face struggles every day so it just gives me the opportunity to put myself in the shoes of our athletes and also I’m a staff member with Special Olympics Arizona and I’m also an athlete myself,” Clark said.

Clark said he bravely faces the challenge but it wasn’t easy at first.

“Yeah, in the first year I was pretty nervous,” he recalled.

Peoria Police Commander Doug Steele said the event is one of the group’s largest fundraisers.

“And we’re just shy of a quarter-million dollars this year,” he added.

 Steele said the athletes are amazing.

“They face challenges every day that we look as and say, ‘Oh, I couldn’t do that’ and yet here they are going over the edge and participating.”

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