Athletes Compete in Special Olympics, Head for State Games

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- It was a big day in sports for those competing in special olympics.

More than 150 athletes from 11 surrounding counties competed in track and field and softball throw competitions at Bowling Green High School.

The athletes were competing for ribbons and the chance to go to the state games, but say it was exciting enough just to cross the finish line and hear the crowd cheer.

"First place in softball throw and I just completed my track and field," said Ginna Greer, one of the participants.

"It gives people in special olympics a chance to shine, a chance to show the community that we're here and we can do anything that everybody else does, and it's just a great opportunity for them to get out and show the community what we're made of," said the competition manager, Nicole DeFreeze.

The athletes who placed in the competition events Saturday will advance to the state games, which will be held in Richmond in June.

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