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Thirteen Western Region athletes – including 10 members of the Canisius Griffins Special Olympics training club’s basketball team – will leave Friday to join nearly 3,500 competitors from across the nation in the Special Olympics USA Games Saturday to June 21 in Princeton, N.J.

The local athletes will meet Team New York for a send-off celebration in Newburgh en route to Princeton. In addition to the basketball team, the group includes swimmers Jennifer Yost and Stephen Ballow and track and field athlete Kim Martin.