Special Olympics WV returns to Parkersburg South

PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WTAP) - Special Olympics West Virginia held its annual fall sports festival at Parkersburg South High School

The festival includes flag football, football skills, and volleyball.

Special needs individuals from all over the state to participate.

"It gives the special Olympians a chance to compete just like everyone else would in team sports, gives them a chance to meet other people from other counties, a chance to practice and set goals and try to succeed at those," said Amburgey, director of sports and training, Special Olympics WV.

These special Olympians practice months in advance and look forward to the game every year. Special Olympians like Devin, Devin and his mother, Danielle traveled from Morgantown.

Devin is 18 years old and does not let having special needs hinder him.

“He can do anything that he aspires to do, that he can be a full functioning independent person, in our community and in our state," said Danielle.

Devin and his teammates say, they enjoy the camaraderie and playing with each other.

“It was amazing how my team, it was a team effort and my team came out and did what we had to do as a team," said Devin.

Devin’s mom describes him as a people’s person and says special Olympics has opened many doors for him.

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