Special Olympics games kicking off at Fort Jackson

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It's time for the 47th Annual Special Olympics Summer Games at Fort Jackson.

Organizers say 1,200 athletes and hundreds of coaches, volunteers and spectators are expected on hand for the events.

Events kicked off Friday with registration and a dinner for the athletes.

"Special Olympics does a great job in our community reaching folks who would not normally have opportunities to participate. It speaks to our community that we are one community and it's going to take the whole community to get folks like our volunteers and our athletes together", says coach David Kammerer

Saturday was full of events, including track and field, aquatics, bowling, bocce, gymnastics, badminton, softball and powerlifting. Another athlete dinner is followed by a victory celebration.

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