"Bench Press Extravaganza" Helps Special Olympics

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Lifting weights took on a whole new meaning this weekend.

Northeast Middle School in Meridian hosted a Bench Press Extravanganza on Saturday morning. Local lifters were on hand, as well as spectators. Organizers say the state of Mississipppi stands out from other states in the nation when it comes to Special Olympics.

"One of the things that people don't know is that our state is the only state to provide all of the needs for Special Olympics," Ricardo Clayton says. "So, when they go to compete on a state, national, or even international level, we provide everything from the clothing, down to the socks."

The event was open to the public. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics in Mississippi.