Students compete in annual Grayson County Special Olympics

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WHITESBORO, Tex. (KXII) -- About 330 athletes competed in the annual Grayson County Special Olympics Friday.

Hundreds of big smiles and a lot of joy filled the Whitesboro High School football stadium all day long.

"Bryce Rankin's having fun."

The fans cheered loudly as 21-year-old Bryce Rankin had his moment to shine.

Bryce has competed in the Special Olympics since he was 8 years old. It's a day his mom, Michelle Lee, is always looking forward to.

"I cry every year because it's so heartwarming, not just for him, he gets a lot of it, but everybody else gets a lot out of it too," Lee said.

"Is it fun to be out here?" Tyler Martin was asked.

"Fun!" he said.

Anna's Tyler Martin competed in track.

"I had a big smile," Martin said.

Celina's Baily Tucker took home the gold.

"I got first in running and shot put," Tucker said.

There were 11 different schools and more than 100 volunteers. Running, throwing and jumping, the Special Olympics gives these kids the chance to feel a part of a team.

"I'm really happy about it and I'm so happy for my mom and my dad," Tucker said.

"All the kids and the volunteers that help, they walk away feeling blessed, just like we are having them every day," Lee said.

This is an annual event in Grayson County. If weather permits, there will be another Special Olympics in Bonham Saturday.