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Special Olympics athletes compete in regional games at Fort Gordon

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FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) -

They're considered some of the bravest athletes in the world. 

On Wednesday, nearly 1,000 contenders competed in the 29th annual Special Olympics at Fort Gordon. Melissa Register said she hasn't competed since elementary school, but she's been training to participate in today's games.

"Oh I love it," Register said. "I used to do it when I was little, but I've been out for years, but I love it now."

Arthur Dickerson has been organizing the regional event since the Special Olympics began in 1968. He says the games leave participants with a strong sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

"This is a great sporting event for athletes for special needs kids," Dickerson said. "You know, give them a chance to participate with athletes with the same capabilities they have."

Athletes competed in several events including the 50-meter dash, shot put, tennis and bean bag throws and wheel chair races. Every athlete being pinned with a ribbon.

"The look on their faces, it's just way too much joy and excitement, I mean, it makes you excited for them; makes you happy for them, I mean, it's priceless," said Billy Cambosa, a volunteer at the games.

It's a priceless feeling athletes enjoy as they show the world not their disabilities by their abilities.

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