Winter games builds more than competition for athletes

Special Olympics of Michigan builds more than just competition for athletes.

The Special Olympics of Michigan kicked off today with time trials for the Winter Games. Athletes from all over the state came out to compete in snowboarding, snowshoeing, skiing, ice skating and speed skating.

Josh Shelton is a snowshoer and says he is really excited to be competing this year in Grand Traverse County. John Casteel, the area 2 director for the Special Olympics of Michigan and he says all athletes love the Winter Games for the spirit behind the competition. Casteel says it is more than just sports for those who compete.

If you want to come out and watch the games, click here for the full schedule.