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SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Competition and camaraderie

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Thousands of athletes spent the weekend flexing their muscles at the University of St. Thomas and proving that disabilities cannot get in the way of competing in all kinds of sports.

For athletes like Steven Eull, the Special Olympics aren't just a chance to compete in a variety of sports; it's a chance to nurture invaluable relationships and skills that will last a lifetime.

"I come here and I have fun, and that's what matters to me the most," Eull said.

Eull's Coach, Kelsey Boegel, said she is proud of what the dual-athlete earned at the competition -- including multiple medals, one for unified basketball.

"He swims as well as plays basketball," she said.

All of the coaches who spoke with Fox 9 News say each athlete that entered the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex this weekend is dedicated because of the opportunity the games provide.

This year marks the third that the Special Olympics have been held at the University of St. Thomas. More than 2,000 athletes competed this year, and 700 day-of volunteers made it possible. The spring games are just one of the six annual events, which means coaches and athletes have a lot more to look forward to. The summer games will take place June 26-28 at the Stillwater Area High School.

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