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Bulger's Beat: Courage, joy on display at Special Olympics event

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Blue ribbons were up for grabs Monday as about 350 athletes of all ages competed in track and field events at Father Ryan High School.

Pure joy best describes the emotion at the annual event for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. It's a sports event where the scoreboard really doesn't matter, but the thrill of competition really does.

Chloe Smith, 10, heard the cheers every time she threw the softball. That's what a Special Olympics competition is all about.

"It's nice to win, of course, but it's more about being able to be the center of attention and to be able to shine at your level," said Terry Watkins, with Special Olympics Nashville.

Terry Green, 56, shined. He finished last in the 400m run, but what's important is he finished, chugging at his determined pace and cheered at each step by the crowd, many of whom were volunteers and students from Father Ryan.

Classes were not in session Monday at Father Ryan, but about 400 students were at school anyway, volunteering for the event.

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