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Special Olympics tournament in Joplin

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About 400 young people from across Southwest Missouri gathered at the Fourth Street Bowling Alley in Joplin for the area Special Olympics tournament.  

Some people came to just have fun, while others took the tournament a little more seriously.  But the head of the local Special Olympics says it's a great experience for participants and observers.

"It's just very cool to watch them grow up and be productive members of the community," says Robin Anderson with the Special Olympics of Southwest Missouri.  "And seeing where some of them were before, and where they've come from and where they are now...it makes me feel proud."

Qualifiers from the tournament have a chance to compete in the state finals, which will be held in December in either St. Joseph or St. Louis.  

To learn more about the Special Olympics of Missouri, click here.

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