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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- About 350 athletes participated at the 29th annual Mecklenburg County Special Olympic games Tuesday in SouthPark.

It was the second day of the three-day event held at Charlotte Country Day School in south Charlotte. Mecklenburg County Special Olympics director Greg Morrill said the event could not be possible without students and faculty from CCDS who volunteer over the three days.

Athletes 12 and up competed Tuesday in events that included softball skills, team softball, track and field and motor activities for those in wheelchairs.

Kendal Carrick competed in the 100 meter sprint. She said she liked the competition because she makes friends and enjoys running.

I've got lots of friends here, said Kendal. I'm excited about running.

On Wednesday, athletes from elementary schools will compete. Morrill said some of the top finishers could move on to the regional competition.

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