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Howard County Special Olympians, partners form perfect union

Howard County Special Olympians, partners form perfect union

For more than four years, Ellicott City residents Tom Pirritano and Wayne Slifker have been partners on Howard County's Special Olympics golf team. During that time they've become good friends, too.

When practicing putting, Pirritano playfully teases Slifker about his misses. After tournaments, the two have a tradition of sitting down together for pizza at a local joint.

"It's the friendship that means more than playing golf or any of the other stuff," Pirritano said.

The pair is one of two from Howard County's Unified Sports program heading to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday to represent Maryland in the 17th annual Special Olympics North America Golf...

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