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Special Olympics Play At McQuades

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 While the McQuades Tournament is about bringing home a trophy for most, there is one group that comes out to play with and against their friends, and no matter win or lose, they always have a great time.

It is the fourth year now that the McQuades Tournament has offered a diamond to the Bismarck Mandan Special Olympics teams.
Each team held practices before their big debut today, but the game was about more than just what these players could do with a bat and ball.

Randi Schlecht says,"Just coming out and having fun with my friends, you know I love all my friends, I love them everyday whether were together or just doing our own things and stuff in life."
Jason Kunz adds,"For me it wasn't about winning or losing, it was helping out, like this one girl tagged me out and I told her congratulations, good catch."

Richard Schwingler, organizer for the group says it's the simple things that make this a great day.

"Just seeing the smiles on their faces and the happiness that they can hit a ball and they can run the bases like anyone else can, they really enjoy that."

The one goal that these players had today was to just "try their best" no matter where they were on the field.

"We did our best, we played our hardest, I did my best hitting the ball, I did my best, and we got great coaches here, so I had fun, I had a good time," says Shaun Kaufman.

And while these teams weren't playing for a championship, they were still thankful for the opportunity to be playing on their own diamond.

"It's been a lot of fun and we really appreciate McQuades allowing us to come out and play with them."

Every year after the first of the year, the players are always asking coach Schwingler when softball starts up again, so you can bet they will be back next year.

And to occupy their time until next year, special olympics has a number of other sports including basketball, soccer, and bowling just to name a few.

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