Big 12 honors local Special Olympics athlete

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Harrison Miller is on cloud nine.

The Big 12 Conference recently named the 20-year-old Clarksburg native one of the 2017 Special Olympics Athletes of the Year.

In December, he'll travel to Dallas for the Big 12 Championship. There, standing before tens of thousands and a nationwide audience, Harrison will be honored for his accomplishments and receive a championship ring.

In a way, the moment serves as a culmination of all of Harrison's success.

"I want to become the best and I want to face the best," Harrison said, sitting down with 5 News Tuesday.

Over the last nine years, Harrison has excelled at basketball, football, softball, and skiing.

Oh--and he took home a gold medal for bowling in the 2014 USA National Special Olympics Games.

"He tries to accomplish what he thinks he can accomplish," his dad, Jeff, said. "He's not letting anything hold him back."

Harrison, who is also West Virginia's representative on the Mid-Atlantic Athlete Input Council, says his other passion is masonry.

His parents have not only been his biggest cheerleaders, but Harrison's dad is also his coach. The story continues in the video above.