Bainbridge Special Olympics prepares for fifth year

Published 4:23 pm Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Olympics is coming to Bainbridge next month, but it won’t be hosting star athletes from all over the world. Instead, the attention will be on a more local group of kids.

The fifth annual Special Olympics takes place Thursday, May 1, at the Bainbridge High School track. This year, four counties will be competing in the track and field events, including the newly added Randolph-Clay County. Ninety-seven special needs students will be participating.

“We’re really excited that we have another Special Olympics group coming to join us this year,” Special Olympics chair Jim Beck said.

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Buses carrying participants from each county will meet at the Southwest Georgia Welcome Center on Highway 84 at 8:30 a.m. Thursday before being escorted down Shotwell Street toward BHS.

“There will be horns blowing and everything, so the kids can really enjoy that escort,” Beck said.

The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., with each school marching around the track, showing off their school colors to the spectators and parents in the crowd. Following the march will be the pledge of allegiance and a recitation of the Special Olympics motto, “Please let me win, but if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt.” After volunteer Jeff Findley marches the torch around the track, the games will begin.

Events include the long jump, various races and the popular Frisbee throw. Volunteers from all over Bainbridge will come together to help with the event.

Anyone interesting in volunteering can contact Joanie Robinson at (229) 254-0448.