TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Many local athletes set out for Wichita Friday morning with their sights set on the gold.
13 News captured the excitement from TARC, Inc., where they sent off their special olympians in style. The olympians definitely the community is rooting for them.
Cheering, music and dancing were the right way to show support for TARC's group of dedicated athletes.
They're headed to Wichita for the 2013 Kansas Special Olympics and the community coming to see them off means the world to the athletes.
Sherry Lundry, the developmental director of TARC said the olympic games are part of the group's yearly experience and they look forward to it every year.
"They get to participate in something everyone else gets to participate in. It's their time to shine and they get medals and it's just amazing to see the smiles on their faces."
They'll compete all weekend long in sports and various activities.
Allison Nichols participates every year.
"It's so fun! The dances are like, so amazing. It's like, so awesome!" she said.
The weekend fosters a sense of togetherness, companionship and some friendly competition.
"They're no different," Lundry said. "They want to win those medals too and get pretty excited."
Stephanie Cochran was there to see her son Cameron off.
"The atmosphere is so fantastic, everyone is so loving and welcoming and he has a great time," she said, hugging Cameron.
The athletes always have their favorites.
Cameron said his favorite is softball.
Allison's favorites are volleyball and bowling.
No doubt about it, it is one of the best times of their lives.
Volunteers are always needed for the event on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer check-in is at Cessna Stadium.
TARC is a non-for-profit organization that provides numerous services to those with developmental disabilities.