Twenty members of the Special Olympics USA team were welcomed at the White House Thursday for their accomplishments at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
Two of those members hail from Connecticut: Ken Richter of Newington and Steve Manzone of Bristol. Richter and Manzone competed in bocce and earned gold medals.
The group was part of 315 that represented the United States, competing in 18 of the 24 sports offered including swimming and basketball, according to Special Olympics Connecticut.
Special Olympics USA brought home 72 gold, 62 silver, 70 bronze medals and 97 participation ribbons, Special Olympics Connecticut said.
The event marked the first time a Special Olympics team was invited to the White House after representing the U.S. at a Special Olympics World Games event.