BANGOR – 13 teams and 267 athletes laced up their cleats to learn new skills and compete at the annual Special Olympics Maine Central Soccer Tournament on Wednesday.
“Today is the culmination of their hard earned work, working together as a team, or whether they’re doing individual skills,” Maine Special Olympics program director Mark Capano said.
“We always meet new friends, new people, new teams and we’re just having a great time we’re just having fun,” Auburn Navigators player Brandon Mullen said.
Mullen’s team put their skill on display Wednesday, scoring at will and advancing through the tournament as their supporters and teachers watching on the sideline.
“With 13 teams here each one of them has a highly trained coach and our athletes just blossom because of that,” Capano said.
Krista Wotherspoon is a coach for the Navigators and has been around sports her entire life.
She says the best part about what she does is the athletes.
“They just make the games and everyday better, they make you laugh, smile, they make everything enjoyable,” Wotherspoon said.
While it is a tournament and each and every team goes in with one goal in mind, they say their favorite thing is the sense of community.
“The smiles on their face, win or lose we’re all going home with smiles so it’s pretty awesome,” Wotherspoon said.