Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 16, 2013 @ 8:08PM
Created on February 16, 2013 @ 6:44PM
Fairmont State University opened the doors of its Falcon Center to a Special Olympics basketball tournament Saturday morning.
Marion County Special Olympics hosted the event for the fourth year in a row, and welcomed five other counties to take part. 175 athletes made up the three divisions, and were cheered on by cheerleaders from their areas. The teams had been practicing for several months in preparation for the big day and their fans said they were very proud of them.
"These athletes are my heroes. The dedication and the courage they present here, it's in the true value of athletic competition. It is what is at the heart of this tournament," said Joe Petrucci, director for Marion County Special Olympics.
All the teams were competing for a spot at the state-wide competition in Morgantown in March, but everyone received an award for being there.
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