GREAT FALLS – The Special Olympics State Summer Games kicked off in Great Falls on Wednesday.
“Just seeing these guys come out and achieve goals, and just the smiles on their faces, it’s a big reward for them,” said Special Olympics’ coach Amy Taxis.
Amy coaches an athlete who is being recognized not just for his great ability at bocce ball, but his age.
David Alcorn is 77 years old, and is the oldest athlete to compete this week.
Playing for the Helena Bobcats, David has been an athlete for years.
“I’ve learned that they never give up,” Taxis said.
And each game, David puts his heart and soul into.
“They can be losing or have a bad day, and they come out here and they go home with just a medal or a ribbon and their so happy,” Taxis said.
And the best part of the day? Going home a winner.
“They have the determination and the inspiration to keep going,” Taxis said.
Reporting by Elizabeth Transue for MTN News