BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It's a special competition where everyone is a winner. This weekend, Keesler Air Force Base hosted the annual Mississippi Special Olympics. Each year, thousands of airmen and athletes participate in the event.
"This is something that everyone else can do in life, and it's a good thing for her to do. It gets her out there to experience what others get to experience as well," said Kacey Caspers of Ashton Swift.
Swift is just one of the athletes competing in this year's special olympics. While the 18-year-old didn't finish first, some young airmen say she's still a winner in their book.
"It's actually very rewarding to get out here and watch her compete. She definitely did an amazing thing today," said David Zippel.
Colonel Chris Valle agrees.
"It's a sense of accomplishment for the airmen to really see firsthand how if they care and try what a difference they can make in somebody's life," said Col. Valle.
Colonel Valle says about 6,000 people participated in this year's events.