ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Southside High School in Elmira had some special visitors Friday. The school hosted the fifth annual Southside Invitational Special Olympics.
One hundred and fifty competitors were there from as far as Oneonta and as close as Elmira. They played soccer and bocce. And the high school set up a full Olympic Village featuring businesses and agencies from throughout the area.
The event is hosted by Southside's FBLA Key Club. Organizers say it's a great way to get the students involved.
"Whether they do it here at Southside High School for one year or 4 years or whether they go on and do it beyond the school year. It's just an opportunity for them to give back to the community and make a difference in someone's life and they know that," said event organizer Ryan Alo.
Southside students were able to watch the games throughout the school day.