CHARLESTON -- It's a gathering of athletes who are maybe not the best in the state, but all have big hearts. The goal is to compete and be a part of something. WCIA-3's photojournalist Aubrey Morse takes us Through the Local Lens to the Special Olympics.
"Today, our Special Olympic athletes have been competing in track and field events here at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium."
"Track and field events include running, softball throw and the relay races are the last of the day."
"They want to win gold. For them, that means the world."
"I got first place! I was surprised. I was really surprised."
"It was fun to run and I had my classmates cheering me on."
"We have over 300 Eastern students who are volunteering and community volunteers. We have 480 athletes."
"I keep telling people, it's like Christmas to me today."
"Today is our way of just saying, 'Thank you, just for being you.' It's all about them."
The first place winners of the competition move onto the state meet in Bloomington, June 14.
CHARLESTON -- Eastern Illinois University hosted hundreds of athletes Friday. People from twelve countries competed in District 9's Special Olympics. The events were all track-and-field competitions.
Athletes have spent two months training. They enjoyed winning and having their moments in the spotlight. Athletes who won gold medals go onto the State Special Olympics in June.
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