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Athletes from across the country traveled in style to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

Basketball player Amy Williams of Dublin, Ohio was the first off the plane that took her to the much anticipated event.

"It was awesome having all of them people there" Amy said.

A red carpet and large welcome committee greeted her and the others representing the Buckeye State.

The private jets kept coming, landing every few minutes at the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift at the Trenton-Mercer Airport.

56-year-old John Conyer of Columbus has been participating in Special Olympics for nearly three decades.

This year he's competing in tennis.

"My goal is not only to come here and win a medal, if I can win that's fine, but if I cannot win that's great, as long as I try to put a smile on somebody else's face” he said.

Much like Conyer, Track and Field athlete Michael Blower of West Virginia says the program provides so much more than an opportunity to compete.

It gives him an opportunity to live.

"I just love doing it, and I don't think I'll ever stop doing it. It's changed my life completely. It let me see new things, meet new people and try new things. I've been places I've never been before" Conyer said.

After soaking in all the excitement, one more ride awaited the athletes.

The teams loaded on a charter bus to head to their dorm rooms, brimming with enthusiasm.

The athletes will now rest up and get ready for the opening ceremonies at the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday.

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