Special Olympics inspire in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Special Olympics for Greater Knoxville began as all Olympics traditionally do: With a parade. In this case, it was a parade of 19 area schools from the Knox County and Anderson County area.

After that the symbol of the games, the torch, circled the track Hardin Valley track on the way to the infield lighting ceremony.

From there, it was on to the events, from the sprints to the softball throw.

Tim Lee, an official with the Special Olympics says, "The opportunity that Special Olympics provides is giving the students a sense of competition. We all have a desire to participate or be in the limelight at an athletic event, so what we're trying to provide is the opportunity for them to show what they can do."

Lee says through it all, they never forget the the motto of the games: "Let me win, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.".

Joseph Underwood says he has a lump in his throat every time the games are held.

"It's awesome to see the athletes come out each year and compete just like anyone else could."

The games wrap up on Friday.

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