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UNCA women's soccer teams hosts clinic for Special Olympics athletes

The UNC Asheville women's soccer team partnered with Buncombe County Special Olympics to share their soccer skills and experience with the dozens of Special Olympics athletes. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The UNC Asheville women's soccer team hosted a clinic recently and it was more than special for the participants.

They partnered with Buncombe County Special Olympics to share their soccer skills and experience with the dozens of Special Olympics athletes.

"It's important for us as Special Olympics to feel included in the community, in a community that's not what you would necessarily think of us as," Karla Furnari, the local coordinator for Special Olympics, said. "We, over the past year, have been trying to put ourselves out there and just have backing from everyone, so that our athletes know that people do support them."

For Emma Houser, a junior defensive midfielder, the opportunity sheds light where it may not often get shown.

"It gets you in a good mood," Houser said. "They are always so happy. They want to be out here, and it makes you want to be out there. It's so fun to play soccer. It's the sport we love, and we get to share it with them."

The team also plans to run this program next year.

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