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Athletes shine at 13th annual Developmental Olympics

Athletes shine at 13th annual Developmental Olympics

SPOKANE, Wash. - As temperatures soared into the 80s Thursday a special group of kids from the Mead School District got their shining moment on the track during the 13th annual Developmental Olympics.

The Olympics hit Mead High School Thursday, where 105 athletes participated and everyone got a ribbon for their effort. They were also cheered and encouraged on by sophomore Tatum Eames, the ultimate cheerleader leading the bowling station at the district's Developmental Olympics.

"It's so awesome, I was really excited, I couldn't sleep last night because I was really just pumped to be out here with all the kids," Eames said.

Dressed in jerseys with their numbers pinned on, these kids spend the morning moving through different stations and competing in various events.

"For the parents, you see a lot of emotion out here because they don't get to see all the things their students can do necessarily, what they see is the struggles, the daily struggles," Lindy Terry with the Mead School District said.

Thursday wasn't about struggles. It was about succeeding, about trying your best.

"This is the only time they get to ever do sports so it's just super fun to see the pride that they have when knocking down a few bowling pins," Eames said.

When they are with Eames the kids feel like actual Olympians, competing for gold as she and the other high school volunteers make them feel special, that this was their day to shine.

"The Olympics is great, just finding ways to get these kinds of kinds involved in outside the box kind of ways," parent Angela Rieder said.

There are no losers at the Olympics. Everyone wins, including the volunteers, who are putting a smile on the kids' faces.