Special Olympics at Ober Gatlinburg

6:29 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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For the 28th year, Ober Gatlinburg hosted the Special Olympics Tennessee Winter Games.

Earlier this week, more than 150 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed in alpine skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating.

The two-day event includes time to practice and competitions based on age and ability.

Special Olympics Tennessee is an opportunity for athletes with special needs to experience winter sports.

"Bottom line though what we try to do is through sports help build their self confidence by building skills and kind of that can-do spirit. And that bodes very well with the rest of the things in their life, whether in school or as an adult with a job," Special Olympics Tennessee Alan Bolick said.

Bolick said he really appreciates the warm reception the staff at Ober gives the athletes every year.

And the volunteers love going there!

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