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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of children and adults with disabilities are at the University of Maine competing in the Special Olympics. The 46th annual Special Olympics has more than 1,500 athletes, ages 8-88 who've been training countless hours for these games.

Friday morning was the official kick-off for the athletes across the state to have a chance to compete with various teams. A special day for many, athletes from all over the state of Maine have traveled to compete in the Special Olympics.

Kristi Schall said her goal is simple it's to do her best and to have fun!!

"I'm having a great time and having fun and enjoying and team work and help people out and cheering them on."

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