Marion County Special Olympics
Wednesday was the third and last day for the games.Â The event kicked off earlier this week with a big opening ceremony and torch relay.
Athletes competed in events like foot races, broad jump, shot put, and softball throw.Â Every participant went home with at least 2 award ribbons.Â Organizers say it gives people the chance to accomplish something great.
"Sports is a very powerful medium in which an athlete can participate and gain the confidence they need to gain in other challenges in their lives," Lynn Brantley from the Special Olympics in Marion County said.
Every athlete who competed the past 3 days can move on to compete in the area games which includes Alachua, Columbia, Bradford, and Marion counties.Â Those games will be held in Marion County on March 17.
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