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Published September 11, 2010, 09:18 PM

Hundreds Come Out For Special Olympics Tournament

Athletes from all over North Dakota are in Grand Forks this weekend to test their skills in soccer and Bocce ball.

Athletes from all over North Dakota are in Grand Forks this weekend to test their skills in soccer and Bocce ball. Hundreds of Athletes are going for the gold at the Special Olympic games today and tomorrow at Bringewatt Park in Grand Forks.

Athlete Donald Lotysz says "Running, stretching, throwing the ball practicing and having fun."

Were only a few things these athletes did to get ready for this weekend's North Dakota Special Olympics Soccer and Bocce Tournament. This year, most of the games have players with disabilities and players without disabilities on a team.

CEO of the North Dakota Special Olympics Kathy Meagher says "Its an opportunity where it takes people with and without disabilities they work with each other, and they both become very successful at what they are doing."

"It's fun to volunteer and see how excited they get to help them score and help them share the joy I have in soccer with them" says Mikelle Fetch who is partnered with an athlete.

For these players it's not just about winning or losing, it's about having fun with each other and meeting new people.

Tommy Mikkelson who played soccer says: "Because it's fun to play with people that are different from you, and it's ok, and it's really fun. "

And Organizers are already looking forward to next year's tournament. They say they need more young athletes to fill up teams in the future.

"We need more people because this really helps to get more people on a team, and it works great" Mikkelson said.

Around 80 Grand Forks Organizations volunteered and donated to this event.

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