300 athletes compete in Myrtle Beach Special Olympics Spring games

Special Olympics held at Pelicans stadium

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Friday morning more than 300 Special Olympic athletes from all across Horry County, competed in the 2019 spring games in Myrtle Beach.

The Special Olympics Spring games have been held in Horry County for more than 25 years, and continues to grow year after year.

Allowing these athlete to show off their skills and a variety of different sports.

“It’s fun, I can come out and win some metals,” said Sal Drake.

For seasoned athletes like Sal the Special Olympic Games are about much more than winning, it’s about creating new friendships on and off the field.

“It is by far the best thing that can happen for him,” said Raymond Dadducci.

For more than three decades Raymond Dadducci has been supporting his son in the Special Olympics games, watching the games evolve and change the lives of millions throughout the world.

“We’re looking at getting athletes involved in every aspect of life and brightening their situation is the main thing we need to do,” said Daddicci.

With athletes as young as three and old as 60, Special Olympics preaches inclusion everyone, but that doesn’t mean these athletes aren’t competitive and looking to bring home the gold.

While the athletes are the stars, more than 400 volunteers make this event possible.

“They just want your comradery, they want your compassion,” said Ben Steed.

If you’d like to catch these athletes in action again Myrtle Beach will be hosting the South Carolina fall games in October which feature Special Olympics athletes from all across the state.

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