Special Olympic Athletes to compete April 28 at Darlington

In a few weeks, hundreds DSC_9060of local athletes will shine as they vie for the bronze, silver and gold medals while having a blast at the Special Olympics Spring Games held at Darlington School on April 28th.

The games, presented by Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation and hosted by Darlington School, will see 300 athletes participate, representing Rome City Schools, Floyd County Schools, and Georgia School for the Deaf. The event is free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to come and support the Special Olympics athletes.

“These games are so exciting for the com
munity and our special needs population,” said Tammy Bryant, Special Populations Coordinator at Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to this every year, and we know it’s going to be a lot of fun for our participants, volunteers and our cheering crowd of spectators.”

The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. and ceremonies will commence at 10:00 a.m. at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium. Opening ceremonies will include a performance by the Just as I Am Choir and the One Step at a Time Dance Club.

Participants will compete in running events, softball throw, standing long jump, soccer kick, wheel chair races, trike races and more. The Special Olympics will commence rain or shine.

More than 120  Darlington School freshmen will volunteer during the Special Olympics events, and Darlington School will also provide lunch for the Athletes.

“Our continued partnership with the wonderful students and staff at Darlington School really makes the Games a success each year,” Bryant said. “This will be the seventh consecutive year we’ve teamed up with Darlington, and our athletes are thrilled when they’re there to help out and cheer them on.”

For more information about the Floyd County Special Olympics, contact Bryant at 706.234.0383.

Special Olympics was founded on the belief that people with intellectual disability can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. The goal of Special Olympics is to help bring all persons with intellectual disability into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given a chance to become productive citizens.

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