Ten Special Olympics of Northern Nevada athletes left for the USA Games in Seattle today, but before leaving, they received a special send-off.

Greater Nevada Credit Union, who has been a sponsor of Special Olympics Nevada for 15 years, hosted the celebration Saturday morning at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

Reno Aces' Archie and Reno 1868 FC's Truckee mascots were also there to cheer on the athletes before their flight took off.

The athletes will be competing in a number of events, including swimming and track & field.