Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Over 300 athletes, coaches and volunteers from across the states have been in Ober Gatlinburg this week competing in the annual Special Olympics State Winter Games.
And the athletes weren't the only ones who participated in the fun. How about Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, offensive linemen Chance Hall and Ryan Johnson as well as other Vols, gave of their time to be with the competitors. Now while the athletes appreciated their presence, the feeling was more than mutual for the UT football players who were visibly touched by the love pouring out from these Special Olympians.
These athletes have trained, practiced and conditioned to compete in the games. Not only are they strong in competition but even stronger in spirit! The Tennessee players got to witness that first hand and will no doubt never forget the experience.
Special Olympics Tennessee provides these athletes with year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style events. These 2019 State Winter Games, which wrapped up on Thursday is a validation of their hard work and dedication.