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Community celebrates Special Olympics championship win

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AUBURN, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Number one on the court and number one in so many hearts.

Special Olympics Team Indiana defeated Nevada in a nail biting 31-30 game, winning the national championship.

"For them to go and win, it's a life changing win for these young men and this lady, that they'll never forget to the rest of their lives."

The team, made up of 10 players from Dekalb and Noble county, went undefeated during the week-long tournament in Seattle after training for nearly 14 months.

Folks back home in Auburn say what team Indiana accomplished on the court is impressive.

But what's more impressive?

The players themselves.

"When I watch them play, they seem to care about the other team as much as they do themselves."

Via facetime we spoke with Coach Rob Allen who says the community's support has kept them going.

"It's exciting, we fed off of it and it kept going and you think oh I don't want to let anyone down."

Not only did they not let anyone down, they lifted up the spirits of this small town.

"Congratulations guys you did it! You went out there and you made Indiana and Dekalb County proud."

There is a welcome home celebration for the team at the Auburn YMCA Sunday from 2-4, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

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