CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Dancing, hugs, smiles and basketball -- just another sensational Sunday for James Farr, director of Chesapeake Special Olympics.
"There's nothing I love more than helping these kids," said Farr, who has been involved with the program for ten years.
Special Olympics brings joy for the athletes in Chesapeake, giving them important social skills, like knowing what it's like to interact positively with others and be part of a team.
But Farr says none of it would be possible without the volunteers who give up their time to coach, mentor and teach the Special Olympians that people care about them.
"They truly have a heart of gold," Farr said.
He's referring to people like Wade Crawford, who coaches a group of athletes called the Chesapeake Hot Dogs.
"We do this because we have so much fun," Crawford said. "We love the game of basketball."
But he does more than just show them how to dribble, pass and shoot.
"We all like to be included," Wade said. "We all like to be part of a team."
Chelsea Willis is coaching a group of athletes called the Chesapeake Cavaliers. She's only been volunteering for a month and she's already in awe.
"They show me you can really do anything if you put your mind to it," Willis said. "These kids come out here and succeed every week and it is just incredibly inspiring."
The volunteers don't get paid in terms of dollars, but they do feel like they're getting rewarded in so many other ways.
"The biggest thing you can achieve from this is when a child comes up and gives you a hug and tells you that he loves you," Farr said. "Ain't no amount of money in the world that can beat that in my book."