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Olympians Carl, Carol Lewis helping launch local youth program Saturday

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Olympic champion Carl Lewis and his sister Carol Lewis-Zilli will be at Battle Mountain High School Saturday morning to help launch Best Buddies International. Saturday night. there's a fundraiser scheduled.

EDWARDS — Olympians Carl Lewis and his sister Carol Lewis-Zilli will be in town for two events to help promote the new Best Buddies International program at Battle Mountain High School.

The first, free event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the BMHS track stadium. All Battle Mountain students, along with the valley's children with intellectual and developmental disabilities or physical handicaps, are invited to take part.

The morning will include walk/runs, games and activities that encourage inclusion and supporting one-on-one friendships.

"All kids want the same thing, good friends to trust," said Jeanne Quagliano, who is organizing the events. "Many children with IDDs or special needs never get that chance to share their gifts and abilities. Best Buddies worldwide provides this opportunity."

Carl will also be participating in a fundraiser at Quagliano's home in Cordillera from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The small group setting will give guests an opportunity to hear about Carl's life and his work with Best Buddies International. He serves on the Best Buddies International board of directors.

The evening event is $200 per person and a light menu and libations will be served.

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All proceeds go through Team Carl Lewis to Best Buddies International at the Hearst Castle Biking, Run/Walk Challenge in California Coast this September.

The Best Buddies High School Program will debut at BMHS this fall.

Best Buddies International was started by Anthony Shriver in 1989. It is now in all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide.

To RSVP for these events, call Quagliano at 970-331-2030.