FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. --The Special Olympics of Forsyth County held its opening ceremonies on Tuesday.
More than 100 volunteers teamed with over 300 high school volunteers greeted the 800 athletes on Tuesday.
Competitions are held each spring in many communities across the state and feature a variety of sports including track and field, softball and aquatics. The theme this year is “Where Inspiration Happens.”
"They're so special even if they do not win. They enjoy being in the Special Olympics. If you cannot win, be brave in the attempt," said Jennifer Wall of Horizon Residential Care.
The athletes come from schools and centers across Forsyth County including Carter High School, Lowrance Middle School and Kernersville Elementary.
The Spring Games will wrap up in Forsyth County on Thursday.
More than 38,000 competitors will compete across North Carolina.