SAN ANTONIO - Fourteen girls who have lived with intellectual disabilities all their lives experienced a crowning moment Saturday at the Miss Sweetheart Special Needs Pageant hosted by Special Olympics Texas.
It's a pageant that hits home for Malyn Bannister, who is the founder of the event.
"When my brother was born the doctors told my parents he would never be like a normal child, he would never walk, talk," Bannister said. "He's already gone bounds above that, so I hope that by doing this these families are able to see that their daughters can be like a normal child."
The girls gave the crowd a look at their abilities rather than their shortcomings.
"We don't have disabilities," Amber Linares, a pageant contestant, said. "Whatever anybody else can do we can do it too."
There to escort them for their time in the limelight were San Antonio Police Department Officers.
"We're the lucky ones to be with them," San Antonio Police Department Officer JB Garza said. "To show them that inclusion, that any of their dreams they can continue to fulfill."
Contestants competed in categories like best formal wear, pretty in pink and best talent.
Every girl left a winner with each one receiving a crown, a sash, and a medal at the end of the pageant.