ABINGDON, Va. -

A 50-yard event made a splash in Abingdon, Virginia Friday.

More than 25 students took part in the first annual Special Olympics swim meet. We learned the students started out with the basic water readiness skills and slowly made their way into the pool until they were competition-ready.

Those involved with the Special Olympics say their mission is to build up courage and pride in the students, all while having a little fun. "It's also been therapeutic on our students, some have gross motor skill issues and the water is just therapy to their little bodies," said Lora Kiser, swim coach.

Kiser says they couldn't have done it without the overwhelming support of the community and she says they plan to keep this tradition going for years to come.