On Wednesday, the YMCA was the site of the Special Olympics swimming competitions.
After each race, the athletes received ribbons to celebrate their successes in the water.
"And when they come and compete in something like this, then they come away all winners and it is really gratifying to be a part of them coming together as all winners," said Special Olympics volunteer Dan Scott.
For the athletes, it means the world to compete.
"It is 100 percent self-confidence booster. I like to come and cheer on my other teammates. Just cheer them on and help their self-confidence just build," said Special Olympics athlete Robin Meservey.
Events included 100-meter and 50-meter races and each swimmer had support from the big crowd of family and friends.
Special Olympics staff members strive to make a positive impact on everyone involved.
"The community overall wins when you have kids that sort of have some focus in their life, other than whatever the daily grind is," Scott said.
For more information on volunteering or donating to the Special Olympics and for future competition dates, go to somaine.org.