TROY-- Robert cotton will play in this year's Special Olympics as a pitcher, but a ball isn't the only thing he's pitching.
He's pitching the idea to all who will listen about how being active in Olympic games can keep him and others like himself in the special needs community out of harm's way.
"It keep me motivated and I do sports so I don't go out into streets and get in trouble and stuff like that." said Special Olympian, Robert Cotton.
And these games prove that people with special needs can exceed the expectations of others...
"There's sports for typical folks and there should be sports for folks who may not be able to meet those requirements." said event manager, Dana Thomas.
But winning is not the most important thing in these games.
"It's just fun to be together. The athletes have a wonderful time, they enjoy each other, they enjoy meeting other athletes and other people from other areas."
"And hundreds of volunteers from all over Alabama came to help out with this year's Special Olympics."
"It's just really rewarding and I just love the special needs community and they're all just so loving."
And after all of the competing is over with, they will enjoy a victory dance
"When they get to the dance, that's when they really get to mix and mingle with the new friends and the old."
And really, having fun is the name of the game after all.