Athletes Compete at Special Olympics | News
Thursday and Friday, about 500 Houston County athletes will go for the gold.
The spring Special Olympics for elementary through high school students started Thursday morning.
Houston County High School is hosting the volleyball, track and softball competitions.
Adapted Sports Coordinator for the county Brenda Arnett says the kids practice year round.
Last year, they held two Special Olympics events over the course of a year. This year, they expanded to three: Spring, Fall and Winter. Arnett says they want to offer students with mental and physical disabilities the chance to play sports and feel like everyone else.
Chad Howard, a junior from Perry High School, competed in the volleyball tournament. He said, "I just like hitting the ball and spiking the ball and jumping up, and doing all that stuff."
Rebecca French, a 6th grader from Warner Robins Middle School, threw in the softball pitch competition. She said, "I think it's pretty fun, and it's so fun, and I just like it, because I really like softball and everything. So, that's what makes it fun for me."
French earned a first place ribbon in the softball competition.
The high school athletes participated in the games Thursday. The elementary students compete on Friday, also at Houston County High School.