BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nearly 600 athletes across Louisiana competed for gold, as Saturday marked the start of the Louisiana Special Olympics Indoor Games.
Athletes with disabilities displayed their skills in sports like basketball, tennis, and bowling. Pat Carpenter-Bourgeois, CEO of Special Olympics Louisiana, said events like this one changes lives.
"Without the Special Olympics, they sit at home in their rooms they watch TV all day," said Carpenter-Bourgeois. "It's a boring life for them. When the Special Olympics comes along, they have a purpose and friends."
She said not only do the athletes find a sense a purpose in competition, but also in life.
"We are teaching them skill sets that are transferable to jobs," explained Carpenter-Bourgeois. "We know that 50% or more Special Olympics athletes have jobs than do their counterparts who are not in Special Olympics," she continued.
The games end on Sunday after the final event. More information about the games can be found HERE.