Pontotoc, Miss. (WCBI) – Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes are taking competition to a new level. Showing off their skills is just part of what makes the event a success, because everyone walks away with a smile. WCBI’s Allie Martin was in Pontotoc and has the story.
Eighteen year old Jasmine Rogan is a master at the Frisbee toss
She’s more than 500 athletes from eight north Mississippi counties in this year’s Special Olympics.
The Pontotoc Community Track was the host site. Competitions ranged from long jump, shot put, to wheelchair and foot races. Jasmine’s mother says her daughter looks forward to this event all year.
“It helps them and makes them feel special, because a lot of times they go to events and they are not able to participate, so this gives them the opportunity to be a big part of it.”
This is the first year special education students from Tippah County Schools have participated.
Educators believe it gives the athletes a strong sense of accomplishment.
“They are all thrilled to be here today, they’re so happy, it’s very overwhelming to just watch them and see how exciting it is for them.”
Is it fun?
Twelve year old Jaden Harrell loves the competition and to make it more special, her sister was there for support and encouragement.
“It allows them to be competitive, like normal kids and allows them to have fun and show that they are athletic too.”
While everyone took home a prize, it was the pride they’ll carry with them forever that makes these games special.
In Pontotoc I’m Allie Martin WCBI News.
Every four years there is a national Special Olympics. This year four athletes from this area will head to that event in New Jersey this summer.