HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Special Olympics Mississippi is holding its annual statewide fall games Saturday at Camp Shelby.
The games are celebrating its 40th year of incorporation in the state, and the ties to the Hub City run deep.
Hattiesburg was the site of the first organized games back in 1968, and it recently rebooted the program with volunteers after about a decade of dormancy.
"We have it every year here at Camp Shelby they open up the base for us and we got about five or 600 athletes from all over the state," said Jim Beauguez, director of public relations of Special Olympics Mississippi. "We're going to have a huge crowd for the event Saturday. Just come to the South Gate at Camp Shelby and tell them your with the Special Olympics and they'll get you to the right place."
The games will host 500 athletes, plus hundreds of volunteers, parents and supporters to cheer on the athletes in horseshoes, croquet, softball skills, soccer skills, flag football, and for the first time, cheerleading.