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The Special Olympics comes to Albany

December 6, 2002

Albany- It all started Friday morning with the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony. Athletes proudly walked in to the Albany State University Gym with their teams, hoping to set records, hoping to reach their goals.

Then, the games begin. Dougherty County High School and Mitchell-Baker County High School hit the floor to shoot a few hoops. Cynthia Chambers works with the special education program at Mitchell-Baker, and she says these students work hard everyday to rise above the obstacles they face.

And there were winners, like Corey Johnson. He placed first in the Spot Shot competition, and he says he's worked hard to get here.

Several volunteers from area high schools took the time to help the games be a success, and one volunteer says its something she looks forward to each year.

There are no losers at the Special Olympics because just by competing, these athletes are crossing hurdles that some thought they never would.

The winners from Friday's competition will advance to the state competition.