Local athletes compete in Oklahoma Special Olympics

OKLAHOMA CITY - Athletes from across the state, including many from Green Country, are competing in the 2014 Special Olympics Oklahoma Winter Games.

On Friday, athletes competed in both bowling and volleyball.

The bowling matches were held at six different alleys across the Oklahoma City metro area.

"Special Olympics was just a big opportunity so I had to take it," said Skiatook bowler Colton Smith. "It's just fun and a way to get active."

The Skiatook team has 15 athletes, eight of which compete at bowling.

"You can just look at the kids' faces and see the joy on their face when they're competing," said Karen Smith, Colton's mother and bowling coach. "The looks on their faces are just priceless."

Colton's brother, Clifton Smith, is on the bowling team as well. He enjoys the competition, as well as the sportsmanship amongst his opponents.

"After every game, no matter if I got skunked or I beat them, I make a point to go up there and shake their hand and say good game," he said.

The opening ceremony for the Winter Games is scheduled for Friday evening.

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