For the twenty seventh time, the Games returned to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, bringing with it greater than 900 athletes from around the state
RICHMOND, Ky (WTVQ)- Hundreds of athletes are in Richmond this weekend for the state’s Special Olympic Games.
“It just really makes me feel like a superstar,” stated athlete and ambassador Katie Williams.
For the twenty seventh time, the Games returned to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, bringing with it greater than 900 athletes from around the state.
“It gives our athletes, people with intellectual disabilities, which is how you qualify for Special Olympics, an opportunity to show the state and the communities in which they live how much people with intellectual disabilities can accomplish when opportunities are open to them,” stated communications director Mark Buerger.
The video games come with an Olympic the city and a wholesome athletes village.
“And this year, we’re offering opening eyes vision screening,” stated Buerger. “So our athletes can go get a free vision screening by trained professionals, and after that, if it shows that they need eye glasses, we’ll provide the eye glasses free of charge.”
There are a number of sports activities up for grabs, together with observe and box, swimming, bocce, and rhythmic gymnastics.
“Special Olympics means a tremendous amount to me,” stated Williams. “I’m in my comfort zone when I’m in special Olympics.”
Williams has been competing for years, however don’t ask her her favourite recreation simply but.
“That’s hard. A tie between track and field and basketball,” stated Williams.
Athletes say the video games are some way they may be able to end up they may be able to do the rest they put their minds to.
“Even if I lose, it’s always fun,” stated athlete Candace Helton. “There’s no judgement here. There’s not. You can be different here, you can be anything, there’s no difference.”
The Games will run via Saturday afternoon.