Special Olympics softball in Vestal

By Perry Russom

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 12:17 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More than 100 Special Olympians hit the softball fields in Vestal Sunday afternoon.

Teams came from all over New York state for their Super Regional Tournament at Harold Moore Park and Vestal High School.

Organizers said the tournament showcases their athletes' skills and courage.

"When you watch them, you'll see them help each other," said John Crosby, a coordinator at the Special Olympics. "Classic help is that the runner falls down and the runner in the next lane stops and picks 'em up and gets them going again, but stuff like that actually happens."

Normally, the winners would go onto the State Tournament, but the organization took a financial hit last summer after stormy weather disrupted some of their largest fundraisers for the year.

They were forced to cancel two of their three yearly state games this year to cut costs.

Special Olympic officials said they will bring back all state games next year.