Special Olympics Come to Southern Tier

July 22, 2010 Updated Oct 8, 2006 at 12:27 AM EDT

It's hard to find a lack of effort here at the Special Olympics Soccer Games at Otsiningo Park.

These athletes play for the love of competition, and a chance to bring home the gold.

Just ask 1st time special olympian Ryan Stevens, who plays for Broome Tioga BOCES team.

"I think it's excellent. Work hard, trying to make my team win. You know?" Stevens said.

Hard work is something Andrew Marshall has used to get ready for this years fall games.

He and his teammates from the Fingerlakes region team use a simple recipe for success.

"Trying to do your best, make a goal, go home with the gold and teamwork," he said.

Playing as a team even when you stand out on the field.

That's the approach Marshall's teammate Joe Green uses.

He's dyed his hair green getting ready for this years soccer competition.

"I just wanted people to notice me on the field. The game plan is just go out and do our best and just try to get it done, and score a many goals as we can to get the gold. It's a lot of fun," Green said.

A lot of fun.

The final goal of everyone playing in these games that gives everyone a chance to shine.

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