GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Special Olympics athletes from Area 4 in Greenville County took to the fields at Furman University to show off their skills Monday.
Spring Games events ranged from throwing to running, and men, women and children all competed.
Athletes participate in multiple Special Olympic events throughout the year, including the Spring Games.
Anyone over the age of 8 was able to compete against other special athletes.
Athletes and parents we spoke to say the event is less about competition and more about celebration.
“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.”
To support the Special Olympics there will be a Zumba event to benefit the group in Greenville.
The Zumba event will take place May 3 and costs $15 to participate in.
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