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Published September 10, 2011, 10:03 PM

Special Olympics State Tournament Kicks Off

Soccer and bocce ball players are kicking off the Special Olympics state tournament in Grand Forks.

Soccer and bocce ball players are kicking off the Special Olympics state tournament in Grand Forks.

The tournament brought in 400 participants this year. There are 27 soccer teams and about 100 bocce ball teams.

The youngest soccer team is made up of eight year olds.

More than 200 volunteers are helping run the two day event.

"We are fortunate not only because we have great weather, but the community of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and the Air Force Base has really stepped up, has embraced this event for many, many years," Special Olympics North Dakota President and CEO Kathy Meagher said.

There is a dinner and dance for the athletes at the Blue Line Club Saturday night. The tournament ends Sunday.

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