Dothan/Houston County Area Celebrate 32nd Annual Special Olympics

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Let the games begin.

The 32nd annual Dothan/Houston County area Special Olympics kicked off at Dothan High School's track Thursday Morning.

This is Brandi Deese twenty fifth year at the Special Olympics.

You could say she's become somewhat of a pro at these games, but she'll tell you she doesn't think about the competition.

"We just to go and have fun, it's not all about winning," said Deese.

Participants are competing in different events and making different friendships, but one athlete says the day is about so much more

"It's about all of us athletes here, being courageous and brave and being determined, and when we win we win and we have a happy heart," said Elizabeth Bronold.

Elizabeth is also a life long Olympian.

This is her 17th year of competition but, her role with the special Olympics goes beyond the field of competition.

She now serves on the state board of directors for the special Olympics.

"Serving on the board was really fun, being with Dr. Bob Bushong and everybody else...I was uplifted by them," said Bronold.

So, now this special Olympian is a dual-sport athlete.

Running in her favorite event, the 100 meter dash and dashing off to meet with other directors who administer the games that have come to mean so much to her and other athletes.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis