Special Olympians compete in games across lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds of athletes from across the state are competing in Charleston this weekend for the Mid-Winter Special Olympics.

Five different sports are represented: basketball, bowling, badminton, flag football and power-lifting.

Some 950 athletes are registered and 400 volunteered their time, like at the AMF Lanes in West Ashley.

"It builds confidence -- It's a sense of completion for them," Bowling coordinator Heather Boger says.  "Even if they don't get first place, they are happy with the fact that they were able to complete an event."

Competitors have the chance to compete in regional and national contests based on their Mid-Winter scores.

"It's a happy feeling.  This is a fun time to come and everybody is cheering on each other," Boger says.  "Athletes are cheering on other athletes whether they've met each other before.  It's a very supportive environment down here."

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