Darryl Magen, front left, and Josh Delie, front right, start their journey from the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022 to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Darryl Magen, front left, and Josh Delie, front right, start their journey from the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022 to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Olympic send-off

Darryl Magen and Josh Delie were met with cheers and words of encouragement from family, friends and city officials

Community members gave a warm send-off to two central peninsula athletes at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, before the pair’s trip to Orlando, Florida, for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

Darryl Magen and Josh Delie were met with cheers and words of encouragement from family, friends and city officials before their flight to Anchorage. Magen will be swimming at the Olympics and Delie will be competing in unified bocce.

They had an official send-off in Anchorage with other athletes from Alaska and a few Seattle Seahawks football players Friday night before taking off for Florida.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games are from June 5 through June 12 in Orlando.

Josh Delie boards his flight at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022, on his way to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Josh Delie boards his flight at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022, on his way to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Darryl Magen boards his flight at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022, on his way to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Darryl Magen boards his flight at the Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, June 3, 2022, on his way to this year’s Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Florida. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

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