Special Olympics kick off on Fort Gordon

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Athletes competed on Barton Field Wednesday at Fort Gordon for the Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics.

Mickey Blackburn was thrilled to watch her grandson Kevin speed down the track in the 50 meter dash.

"I want to see how fast he can run," Blackburn said.

Kevin was one of 900 special Olympians racing for a slot in an even bigger competition.

"Out of the games, 225-250 kids will be picked to go to state games," Georgia Area 9 Special Olympics Chairman Arthur Dickerson said.

Still for Blackburn, it wasn't a competition. To her, Kevin won just by being on the field.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for these students," Blackburn said. "They may not race in school, but they have a chance to do that here and to be part of an important program like the Special Olympics."

Dickerson agreed and said it was about much more than the game.

"It will give them chance to be around other special athletes across the state of Georgia," he said.

Athletes from 12 counties from Georgia and South Carolina were expected to participate.

State summer games will take place May 30 through June 1 at Emory University in Atlanta.

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