RALEIGH--More than 1,400 athletes from across the state are competing in the N.C. Special Olympics this weekend. Many of them have trained for months.
"I walk a lot, I play a lot of tennis, and go to the gym about 6-7 days a week," John Gray said.
Swimmer Channing Ashbaugh said her hard work has paid off. "I swim because I can win medals and I like to compete," Ashbaugh said.
Special Olympics volunteer Amy Wurst has been volunteering with the organization for 25 years.
"I got started doing this right after graduate school and once you're in, you're in for life. It's something I'm very passionate about and love doing," Wurst said.
Whether you're a volunteer or an athlete, everyone at the Special Olympics is very passionate about the games.
"The athletes they're the same everywhere. they're so proud of what their doing, and to see them accomplishing what they're doing is just very inspiring," Wurst said.
These athletes are going for gold in everything from softball to power lifting. Six venues in Raleigh and Cary are hosting events taking place in this action packed weekend.
Special Olympics of North Carolina gives more than 38,000 adults and children opportunities to compete in sports competitions each year.