At Chicago Special Olympics tournament, a focus on abilities — not disabilities

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CHICAGO -- This was a competition where the goal was to move past the perception ... and see the person.

Hundreds of Special Olympians from all over Illinois came to Northeastern Illinois University on Chicago’s Northwest Side for the annual Special Olympics Illinois Floor Hockey Tournament, a sport that is gaining in popularity in Chicago because of the Blackhawks’ recent success.

The all-day tournament is for those with both intellectual and physical disabilities, and organizers say it helps them reach their full potential through teamwork and competition.

More than 400 special Olympians participated in Saturday’s tournament, and organizers say it's more about these athletes’ abilities, than it is about their disabilities.