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Special Olympics held at Fort Gordon

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More than one thousand people spent the day at Fort Gordon, enjoying the sun and some good competitive fun.

The torch was lit and the competitors warmed up for the 2012 special Olympics.

"I'm most excited for the hundred meter dash because I'm the fastest being out here," says Mark Crespo, one of the competitors in the games.

Competitors with many different types of disabilities took to Barton Field to run, jump, and toss all for the chance to win.

"They get excited because they get ribbons, they get excited because they feel appreciated and people are cheering them on," says Franchesca Childers who works with special needs children in Richmond County.

For the last 28 years the Special Olympics at Fort Gordon has been changing the lives of not just those who compete but the volunteers involved.

"It's great to see all these little kids smiling, it makes me smile too," says Private First Class Vidal Perez, a volunteer at the event.

Many would look at Pfc. Perez who serves our country each day as a hero, but in his eyes, these Special Olympians are the real heroes.

"I found it an opportunity to witness these courageous kids with disabilities still be able to compete," he says with a smile on his face. 

The feeling is mutual for those who take part in the games.

"They take a lot home, they take a lot home. They talk about it and they are excited, the ones who can talk will talk about it for weeks" says Childers. 

A single day of competition that means so much to everyone who takes part in it.

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