LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Special Olympics athlete Tiaunta Gray taught Eyewitness News anchor Leslie Sykes a thing or two about bocce ball.
The 29-year-old is a tough competitor. She's participated in the Special Olympics World Games since 2004 and will be competing again with Team USA in July.
A big part of her success is the support of her close-knit family. Her aunt Joan says her involvement in the Special Olympics has improved her niece's social skills and helped her come out of her shell.
Aunt Joan gave special thanks to the people at Life Walk Services for helping Tiaunta in her development. The organization provides services for adults with disabilities.
Watch Leslie Sykes' report from Eyewitness News at 6 a.m. above.
Special Olympics athlete teaches Leslie Sykes bocce ball