Alabama Special Olympians to compete in World Games

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - They've trained and prepared for months, and will soon be on their way.

Eighteen athletes and three coaches from Special Olympics Alabama will travel to Athens, Greece to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

The Alabama athletes and coaches will be a part of 315 athletes and 125 coaches from all 50 states to form Special Olympics Team USA.

"Through hard work, dedication, and commitment, Special Olympics Team USA athletes will be the most inspiring competitors in the world," said Special Olympics North America President and Managing Director, Bob Gobrecht.

The team will join together in Baltimore on June 18 before departing for the Games that take place between June 25 and July 4.

Over 7,000 athletes from nearly 180 nations will compete in the World Games.

"Competing in the World Games is a chance of a lifetime for many of our athletes, but also a chance for the rest of the world to witness the accomplishments and victories of people with intellectual disabilities," said Gobrecht.