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Athletes participate in the Missouri Special Olympics Bowling Tournament at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 18, 2017. The Annual Special Olympics Bowling Tournament hosted 11 groups from around Missouri. Special Olympics Missouri offers year-round sports training and athletic competitions. More than 16,500 athletes participate in this program. Athletes typically train for at least eight weeks for the sports they choose to participate in. They can participate on a local level, followed by area, district and sometimes regional competitions. Special Olympics athletes are men, women, boys and girls who train and compete, learning to win and lose, and striving to do their best in their sport.