Wauwatosa hosts Special Olympics State Fall Sports Tournament

WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- Some very special athletes from across Wisconsin were at the top of their game on Saturday as they took part in the big state championship game.

There's no question this is a competition. And each bowler is after the same thing, the coveted state title!

More than 400 athletes are really special athletes who have worked for months practicing their craft.

In order to advance to state, the athletes had to achieve a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in both the regional and sectional competitions.

"It helps boost their self-esteem, it gets them out and active, and there's such a social ability here," said Jason Blank, Regional Athletic Director for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

"It's so great, I finally get in touch with who I am," said athlete, Eresi Yarney.

Yarney has competed with Special Olympics for 29 years. Saturday, she was a part of the Ozaukee County team -- bowling is where she shines.

"It's one of my favorite sports," said Yarney.

She also serves as a member of the Special Olympics Council.

"I've very glad of who I am, I'm very glad of Lounis who started it in 1968," Yarney said.

This group of athletes hope to win but if they don't, they will be brave in their attempt.

Waukesha, Wisconsin hosted more than 150 Special Olympic athletes competing in the Volleyball State Tournament.

This weekend wraps up southern Wisconsin's Special Olympics Fall Championships.