Highway Patrol hits a home run for Special Olympics

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- The South Carolina Highway patrol will step up to the plate Tuesday night in a charity softball game against the Georgia State Patrol to benefit the Special Olympics.

      It's all part of the of Law Enforcement Appreciation Night at Joe Riley Stadium that starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and also gives admission to the Charleston Riverdogs game that starts after the charity event.

      Funds raised from Tuesday's night game will give Special Olympics athletes in South Carolina a chance to go to the Special Olympics Games, including 35-year-old Kylie MacFarland of Mount Pleasant.

      MacFarland has been to numerous Special Olympics thanks to the support of local law enforcement and their annual fundraising events.

      "It's so exciting that they are rooting for me because it makes us athletes feel great and happy and very excited too," MacFarland said.

      MacFarland will participate in next summer's Special Olympics Games in Los Angeles in the sailing event.

      "It feels great. You get to go places and do different sports and do different things and it's really cool," MacFarland said.