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April 4, 2018 Page 7C porter iL;il 7~i(~iiiiii III! 4 ~ (i Annual Special Olympics games hdd at Mary Persons track By Diane'Glidewell news@myrncr.mnet Monroe County cheered on its athletes at the An- nual Special Olympics at i the Macon Persons Track : on Ffida March 30. i Blessed with near-perfect i weather for running, jump- ! ing, throwing and enjoying I an early Spring day outside with friends, about 135 ; athletes from ages 5 to 35 '. came out to do their best : and make some memories. Monroe County special needs students from T.G. Scott Elementary, K.B. Sutton Elementar Hub- bard Elementary, Monroe County Middle School and Mary Persons High School plus some alumni Special Olympics athletes arrived at the event and were greeted by Mary Persons Best Buddies Club members, students from D.J. Hurm's construction class and other volunteers as they entered the field and proceeded to the desig- nated tent bases for each school. Amber Ridley, special education teacher and coordinator of Monroe County Special Olympics, soon called for the schools to line up for the tradi- tional parade around the track before the start of the games. As the athletes marched, proudly rep- resenting their schools, volunteers cheered them on. Some of the youth were so ready to compete that, they finished the parade at a fuU rurL Entering the field around the Olympic torch, the athletes listened as Rid- leT led a prayer for their success and safety in the games and then joined her in the pledge of allegiance to the U.S. flag. Two gradu- ate athletes, Holden and Jackie, lit the Olympic torch and led the athletes in the Special Olympics oath, "-Let me win: But ifI cannot win, let me be brave int the attempt" The athletes and many of the volunteers proudly wore the 2018 Monroe County Special Olympics T-shirts. On the front, the shirts had artwork pro- duced by representat|ves of each of the Monroe County Schools, and on the back were the names of busi- nesses and individuals who helped sponsor the event. "Let the games begin,' said Ridley, and volunteers, many of them, like Terry Proffitt, veterans of nu- merous Special Olympic competitions, hustled off to their stations to con- duct the heats and finals for tennis ball and softball throw, running long jump and standing long jump, wheelchair races, and 25 meter, 50 meter and 100 meter well as the race walk. Over at the tri-level podium, volunteers got ready to award ribbons and appropriately recognize the 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place winners of each event. Butts County Exten- sion coordinator Jenny Brown, Monroe County resident Karen Johnson who recently retired from Butts County Extension and Abby Bunn who recently transferred from Monroe County to Butts County Extension made sure everyone got the right ribbons as they have for several years, with the as- sistance of some 4-Her . An equally important part of the awards, and of the games, were Walter Dean and Jessie Griggers, volunteers with Georgia Special Olympics Area 7, which includes Monroe and nine more counties. These two gentleman were the announcers for the awards and provided the inspiring 'champion' music for the parade and the podium moments. They are part of the 12-person management team that works to make sure Special Olympics events through- out Area 7 work smoothly. "We're not very good, but we're cheap,' said Dean jok- ingly (and inaccurately!). "We just try to do good stu~.' They have been an in- Gary and Stephanie Bohannon with their son, Jackson. See SPECIAL Page 8C athletes at Monroe County Special Olympics. It's easy to see the support for the 20 people registered will get a free 8 x 10 photo. Register at mainstreet.cityofforsyth. net. Main Street will host a Downtown Business Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Wedoesday, April 25 to ,recognize the vitalpart these businesses play in the city. For more information By Diane Glidewell syth to mark Georgia Cities Street Park at 10:30 a.m. on all of the Georgia Cities news@mymcr.mnet Week. On Monday, AprilProfessional photographer Week Events, call Main 15 there will be a Com- John Belknap will be taking Street Coordinator Tammie The Georgia Municipal munity Garden activity at photographs, and the first Pierson at 478-994-7747. 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