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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

November 14, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Special athletes from ten south Georgia counties gave it there all in Moultrie today. More than 300 of them competed in the Region Special Olympics.

The band played, the crowd cheered, and the torch was lit this morning at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Winter Special Olympics.

Which meant it was time to Let the games begin.

Evangeline Stokes is the proud mother of Quanterio Stokes, a 4th grade student at R.B Wright Elementary.

Her eyes were on her son as he made a big play on the floor.

"He was very excited about the game. He talked about it all week and he had told me he was carrying the torch today so I really wanted to be here to see that," said Ms. Stokes.

"I had so much fun with my friends and with my P.E. Teacher...and I saw my girlfriend," says Quanterio.

Quanterio is one of 350 athletes from all over Southwest Georgia competing in basketball, roller skating, and floor hockey.

"We will have athletes that are selected from these games to compete at the next levels . We'll have athletes going to state competitions in Atlanta. Some of these athletes will be chosen for world competitions, national competitions," says the 2008 Winter Games Director, Grant Hammack.

But for many of these athletes, just to compete in an event like this is something special.

"It's really helping his self esteem because by him being as big as he is its giving him an activity where he can you know run around and just enjoy playing with the team. He just loves it," says Ms. Stokes.

And Quanterio says his skills on this floor are only foreshadowing what he'll do in the future.

"I'll be an athlete...a football player," he says.

A dream for now. But today, he was an athlete, on the winning team.

Athletes from age 8 to 70 took part in today's games. Our region usually produces some serious competitors. 50 area athletes have made it the World Special Olympics. Feedback