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Published May 31, 2013, 09:12 PM

Special Olympics Summer Games began today

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Competition is fierce and emotions are running high, as events kick off for the Special Olympics Summer Games.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Competition is fierce and emotions are running high, as events kick off for the Special Olympics Summer Games.

The two day even started today in Fargo at Davies High School and Shanley, for hundreds of athletes.

With game faces on and a strong serve to start the match. Some of the states top special olympic athletes are showing off their skills.

Jackie Krei- Special Olympics Athlete: "Well a friend of mine, she dragged me into it I should say."

Jackie Krei has been on Fargo's volleyball team for about 5 years.

Looking forward to this year's summer games with her coaches and teammates all season long.

Katie Schmidt- Special Olympics Coach: "It's just so rewarding and so much fun."

And thankful for the chance to give her all on the court.. at such a high level.

Krei: "Basically the courage to try new things and to try our best."

Schmidt: "It's just so rewarding and so much fun being with the athletes and just seeing how excited they get."

From volleyball to bocce, about 600 special olympics athletes from North Dakota are in Fargo this weekend, competing in five events.

Kathy Meagher- Special Olympics ND President/CEO: "Life in general for some people is not happy. You come to this event, you leave feeling good. You look around you see smiles, you see appreciation, you see family members crying."

All because it's full of people.. Helping other people

Blaine Schulz- Special Olympics Athlete: "Makes me feel like I'm in a big family that supports one another."

Who may not have this once in a lifetime opportunity, without special Olympics.

Schulz: "They know I can achieve what I accomplish."

The games run through tomorrow. When track and field events will fill most of the day at Davies, before closing ceremonies.

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