LAWTON, OK (TNN) - “What’s your favorite part of the special Olympics? Doing all the events. Are you so excited to be here? YES!,” said two of the athletes.
To start the big day, one special Olympian teamed up with the Lawton Police department to run and place the torch.
P.J. Elkins, a veteran athlete kicked off the ceremony with the special Olympic oath.
"Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt."
Elkins loves every yeat\r because the event gets bigger and better.
"They don't give out medals here, they give out ribbons. But it will be a blue ribbon for sure."
The competition is special for not only the athletes, but for the soldiers and volunteers too.
“The service members are going to be here to basically guide each of the schools, each of the participants though each of the events, and we’ve kind of gone through all the training and made sure we can make the most of it for the athletes as well as for us,” said Major Chambers.
Central Middle School's special Olympics coach loves to see Olympians give it their all.
“To see those smiles after they’ve done an event, that you know they get to compete with other students that are in the same ability as them," said Smith.