Hundreds of Wilm. athletes compete in Special Olympics

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 400 athletes are competing in the annual Special Olympics North Carolina Wilmington Spring Games.

School aged athletes competed Wednesday at the UNCW Green Track and Field Complex, and adults will compete Thursday.

The goal of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The games help participants develop physical fitness, courage, and friendships.

This weekend SPNC is hosting a plane pulling competition at RDU Airport in Raleigh.  Saturday, April 25, teams of 5 will compete to see who can pull a 30,000 pound jet the fastest.  All proceeds from the event benefit the Special Olympics.

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