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Published June 03, 2010, 09:20 AM

Athletes and volunteer coaches prepare for the big weekend

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - More than 500-athletes hope you will turn out this weekend to cheer them on. Tomorrow, the Special Olympics State Games begin in Fargo. The athletes have been training with their volunteer coaches for the big weekend.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

21-year old Aimee White says the hours she has spent these last few weeks as a Track and Field Coach for the Special Olympics has been nothing but a "life high."

“I have a new outlook on life, it is an awesome experience.”

Athletes like Jenni Hummel and Mistie Creech will be competing in track and field, throwing shot put and taking part in running and walking events. But the athletes have it in perspective. Winning is great, but...

“Just like these people and meeting new friends and hang out.”

The 500 athletes along with their families and volunteer cheerleaders will be in Fargo Friday and Saturday, proving to us it is all about perseverance and appreciating all the laughter and smiles.

“If you get first or last, you score one point or a billion, it is still a smile.”

And it is where winning is more than just a finish line. The Special Olympics organizers would love to see the stands at the Fargo South Athletic Field full for tomorrow night's opening ceremonies. That begins at 5:30.

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