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Students with special needs compete in Olympic-style games in Riverton

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Posted at 7:02 PM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-22 21:02:43-04

RIVERTON, Utah -- After training for months, hundreds of local students who have special needs gathered Friday for their own Olympic-style games in Riverton.

According to a press release, about 350 students from Jordan School District gathered for the annual Special Needs Sports Day, which was held Friday morning at Riverton High School. The participants were joined by family and friends who came out to cheer them on.

"You can see the light kind of shine in their eyes," parent Nate Hodgson said. "And that means so much to us as parents, and obviously to them that they get a chance to be on the stage for a change, you know, not in the background."

FOX 13 News' Dave Nemeth was there to speak with participants, their parents, and event organizers, see the video above for footage from the festivities--which included a medal ceremony. Each participant received a medal or a ribbon for their efforts.