- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Special Olympics Mississippi is holding its annual statewide fall games at Camp Shelby.

Saturday’s games are celebrating its 40th year of incorporation in the state, and the ties to Hattiesburg run deep.

WDAM-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1jU10E2 ) Hattiesburg was the site of the first organized games back in 1968, and it recently rebooted the program with volunteers after about a decade of dormancy.

Special Olympics Mississippi spokesman Jim Beauguez (BOH-jay) says they’re expecting up to 600 athletes from all over the state to participate starting at 10 a.m.

The games will also host hundreds of volunteers, parents and supporters to cheer on the athletes in horseshoes, croquet, softball skills, soccer skills, flag football, and for the first time, cheerleading.


Information from: WDAM-TV, https://www.wdam.com

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