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Special Olympics opening ceremony held at May River High School

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The motto of the Special Olympics is 'Let Me Win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’

Friday in Bluffton, so many brave athletes took to the field to compete in the Area 8 Special Olympic Games.

Hundreds of athletes marched in the opening ceremony for the Special Olympic Games at May River High School in Bluffton.

"This is a very important event for our town,” said Mayor Lisa Sulka, Bluffton. “We have 380 Special Olympians from our county."

Today's track and field events offer many different levels of competition for athletes with different abilities. With plenty of cheerleaders pushing the competitors along the way.

"Special Olympics is year round sports for Special Needs people, it's training and competition," said Kathy Cramer, Director of SOAR Special Recreation.

But its more than a competition. It's building friendships, and giving these athletes a stage to showcase their skills.

"Special Olympics is awesome, and it's awesome volunteering too, being an athlete and volunteering," said Jeff Riley, Volunteer, Former Special Olympian.

Volunteers helping these athletes to strive for gold. And just having a day in the sun with a chance to compete is what it's all about.

“I just wish them all the best of luck. Do the best they can and everybody is a winner out here," said Riley.

The winners of Friday’s Beaufort County Special Olympic Games will move on to the state competition.

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