BRYAN, Texas - "It feels like family," says Margaret Norman, who is a swimmer for the Texas Team.
More than 4000 athletes and coaches will represent all 50 states and compete in Seattle next year.
198 will represent the state of Texas.
Margaret Norman has been competing in the Special Olympics for 17 years and will swim for the Texas Team.
For her, it's about more than just winning.
Norman explains "made new friends and it has taught me..if you get a ribbon don't worry about it.. you can do better next time."
Margaret doesn't let anything hold her back, something she thinks everyone should keep in mind.
"Follow their heart you know don't let anybody stop you because you can do it, I've done it and anybody else can do this," Norman continues.
Stacey Johnson will partcipate in track and field for the Texas Team.
"It's going to be so much fun, this is my first year I get to go to national games...when i wake up, I feel like I have Special Olympics ready to do," explains Stacey Johnson, an athlete who will run track and field for the Texas Team.
Working for the Special Olympics has changed Tela's life.
"Being part of something where every day I have family members you have changed my child's life and you changed my life.. you can't put that into words," says the Vice President of Marketing/Communications for Special Olympics Texas Tela Mange.
Being part of the team has helped the athletes pursure their dreams and do things they never thought they would do.
Mange adds "gives them physical strength and it also gives them mental strength and emotional strength, and lets their families know they are there are things they are able to accomplish and things they are capable of and people never dreamed of."
If you want to watch these athletes, the two weekend Fall Classic tournament started today in Bryan and will continue until October 21st.
Also, If you would like to be part of the Special Olympics, this weekend is the perfect weekend. They need about 170 volunteers tomorrow to help ref the sports.
You can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.
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