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Veterans High Hosts Special Olympics Winter Games
Veterans High Hosts Special Olympics Winter Games

 

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Special Olympics Winter Games will be held Jan. 18, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. at Veterans High School in the gym.  About 150 students in grades six through 12 have signed up to participate in the basketball competition.  The event will begin with a short program welcoming the student athletes, parents and teachers, followed by an introduction of each school.

This is the first time the school system will hold the Winter Olympics.  The event will allow student athletes the opportunity to qualify for the State Winter Special Olympics Games which will be held Jan. 25 - 27, 2013, in Atlanta.  About 20 Houston County youth will qualify for the state event during the local games. 

When not competing, the students will enjoy “Fun City” upstairs in the gym.  There will be face painting, arts and crafts and more for the young student athletes. 

Special Olympics is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition.  Special Olympics of Georgia currently has 24,470 registered athletes with more than 500 participants in Houston County.   Special Olympics currently serves 2.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 programs in over 180 countries.

Veterans High is located at 340 Piney Grove Road in Kathleen.  For more information, please contact Dr. Brenda Arnett, Adaptive PE Specialist, at 478-293-8696 or Brenda.Arnett@hcbe.net.

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