300 participants in Special Olympics Texas will compete in a variety of events during a basketball tournament this weekend at West Oso High School.

Organizers have been preparing for the event so that as soon as you walk into the West Oso gym, you're greeted with an atmosphere of encouragement.

Competitors ages 8-58 are competing in the first part of the basketball tournament called Individual Skills.

"They're working on dribbling and passing and catching, and they get a cumulative score and then they get awarded accordingly," Alice Fulton-Garza said.

No matter the skill level, Special Olympics Texas has something for everyone.

"We do modified activities for them, and that just means a lower basketball goal maybe or a modified ball to help them feel a part of the basketball spirit that we have going on here today," Fulton-Garza said.

One competitor looking to take home the Gold is Vicente Zepeda, but he said the best part of the tournament is not the prize.

"Be with my whole family and friends," Zepeda said.

For his mom, Gilda Montelongo, the best part is the lesson that Special Olympics Texas offers.

"I think that it's a really good thing that they show the kids with special needs that they are no different. It's just accommodations, that's all it is. Accommodations," Montelongo said. "And they can be just as successful as anyone else."

Those who qualify will compete in the state tournament in May.

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