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North Georgia Special Olympians prep for State Championships

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Ringgold, GA (WRCB) -- More than 100 Special Olympic hopefuls from Catoosa County showcased their skills today on the hardwood at Ringgold Middle School. All in hopes of raising enough money to get to the state championships next month.

"We're going to Atlanta, we just might not have or be able to do as much as we'd like for them if today isn't as successful as we're hoping," said Ringgold Special Ed Teacher Tammy Young.

In a normal year, they would already have the needed funds to get their Special Olympians to state.

But 2011 in Catoosa County has been anything but normal. Not only did the April storms ruin $1,000 worth of their equipment, but Young said they halted fundraising because everyone was struggling.

So Wednesday's basketball showcase was a chance to not just raise the needed money, but give more than 100 special needs kids a taste of what's to come in Atlanta.

I'm looking forward to just beating everybody, that's my objective, and having a good time," said eighth grader Dewayne Linder.

Autism isn't about to stop Linder from winning. Sitting beside Dewayne a proud mother, who's watched her son overcome many obstacles with this program.

"this is the best thing for these kids, there's not words to describe how we feel. He's an awesome boy that's come through a lot of the challenges he's faced," said Dewayne's mother Jennifer Worley.

Call the day a success, these talented individuals will take there show on the road to the State Championships in Atlanta. An opportunity that wouldn't be available without people like Tammy Young.

"I just want these kids to have their fair shake at life, and their chances at everything that's out there for everyone else," said Young.

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