Chiefs’ RB Jamaal Charles gives inspiring speech at Special Olympics World Games

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LOS ANGELES — Before Jamaal Charles became a national champion at Texas and an all-pro running back with the Chiefs, he competed in the Special Olympics.

Charles spoke during the opening ceremonies Saturday night and spoke about the struggles he faced as a child.

“When I was 10 years old, I competed in the Special Olympics,” Charles said during his speech. “The Special Olympics gave me a chance to discover talents I didn’t know I had. I had trouble reading, I had a learning disability, people made fun of me, but I learned, I can fly.”

Charles said the Special Olympics gave him the confidence he needed to perform better in school and in sports.