LEDGEVIEW, Wis. — Multiple Green Bay and surrounding agencies took part in a torch run for Special Olympic athletes Monday morning.

What You Need To Know

  • The Special Olympics took place June 6-8 at UW-Whitewater

  • Devin Deremo competed finished in the top three in long jump and 50M run

  • This is Deremo's first time running with the torch

The event was held at Ledgeview Park in the Town of Ledgeview.

Following the Special Olympics games that took place June 6-8, staff, athletes and family participated in a 12-mile trek along the East River Trail.

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Devin Deremo competed at the Special Olympics. His grandmother, Deanne Zuege, is supporting him every step of the way. Zuege said it’s wonderful seeing him enjoy life.

“He loves it,” said Zuege. “He's very, very good with everything. He just sticks out until he gets it the way he wants it.” 

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Zuege took in the moment since it is the first time Deremo has run with the torch. She is thankful for all the people who came out to support the Special Olympic athletes.

“We have good participation,” said Zuege. “You can see it here today. The cops are wonderful. He's gotten to know so many of them personally.  It's just wonderful to see this.”

Deremo said when he is on the field or court he likes to root for his team. He competed in the 50M run, javelin throw, baseball and many more sports, but Deremo said one is his favorite.

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“My favorite is basketball,” said Deremo. “I like basketball because my favorite thing, [is to] shoot three pointers every game.”

Zuege enjoys watching her grandson compete and do the things he loves outside of sports. She said that includes singing karaoke, practicing martial arts and watching wrestling.

Zuege said she treats Deremo and the other Special Olympic athletes like they are her children.

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“It is so rewarding,” said Zuege. “It is just unbelievable what everybody does for these children nowadays.”