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BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Special Olympics are underway, with More than 1,500 athletes heading to the University of Maine for the 46th Annual Maine State Summer Games.

The athletes are competing in sports like track and field, swimming and soccer. Competition got rolling today with some bowling.

Trevor Allen and Evan White are on a Unified Sports Team, which joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

"We score points together. He supports me if I don't get a good shot, and I support him too if he doesn't get a good shot," Allen said. But we do high fives if we get good shots. It's pretty fun."

Sue Mooers said these teams have made a difference for her daughter Madison.

"It's amazing to watch your child go from not being able to participate in many events, then to turn around and come out and actually be able to compete and to have pride and joy and to see them benefit," she said.

The Games are teaching athletes something Trevor Allen already knows.

"Winning isn't everything," he said. "Winning isn't everything."

Official opening ceremonies are Friday night, with events continuing through Sunday.

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