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Roxy Wakeen (left) sits on the bench with her son Joey Wakeen, a member of the Red Cedar Lightning basketball team, during the team's game against the Chequamegon Shooting Stars on Sunday, Jan. 26. The game was one of the first of the first-ever Red Cedar Invitational Special Olympics Basketball game.

'That was pretty amazing': Special Olympics tournament draws communities together

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Sharon Freitag has sung the national anthem at sporting events before, but never at an event quite like the basketball tournament held Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Baldwin-Woodville High School.

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Freitag sang for the opening ceremonies of the first-ever Red Cedar Invitational Special Olympics Basketball game.

"It was an honor," Freitag said. "I sing for other special events but this is really close to my heart because it's the kids that I work with."

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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