Special Olympics events are wonderful

Published 6:32 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2012

We congratulate the Decatur County Special Olympics board of directors, and all the Special Olympics volunteers, who made Saturday’s adult bowling event such a great success.

While the Special Olympics is most known for its track-and-field event, our local board does much more, including the bowling events and a “Snowflake Ball” dance later in the year. It is a wonderful way to allow our citizens with developmental disabilities to get the chance to enjoy some fun and special recognition.

This year, the Special Olympics bowlers got a big surprise when they were given the opportunity to walk through the Bainbridge High School Bearcats’ new inflatable tunnel. The board had even gotten the cooperation of BHS junior varsity cheerleaders, who celebrated the Special Olympians as if they were the BHS football team. There were no doubt wide smiles on those adults as they were hailed as heroes.

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Each of the participants also received a ribbon for competing, and a T-shirt bearing the Special Olympics motto of “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” That’s a motto that we should all take to heart, every now and then.

We hope that many other citizens will consider devoting their time and energy to assisting with such a wonderful cause in the future. Anyone who would like to be a volunteer with the Special Olympics can contact Debbie Strickland, Special Olympics volunteer leader, at (229) 400-5282.