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Jamaal Charles reflects on his own disability in inspiring Special Olympics speech

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles attended the Special Olympics opening ceremonies for a special reason. He wasn't just there to support the athletes -- he was there to share about his personal struggles with his own intellectual disability. The starting running back also shared about how he had once competed in the Special Olympics.

I was afraid. I was lost. When I was a boy, I had trouble reading. I found out I had a learning disability. People made fun of me. They said I would never go anywhere. But I learned I can fly.

When I was 10 years old, I had a chance to compete in the Special Olympics. That's right, the Special Olympics gave me my first chance to discover the talent I did not know that I had.

Charles then powerfully led the crowd in reciting the athlete oath.