Special Olympics helps athletes show off abilities

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SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WOWK) — It was a very big day for people with disabilities Thursday morning as the Lawrence County Special Olympics were held at South Point High School.

Lots of excited fans filled the bleachers as 400 athletes with disabilities participated in the sporting events.

Every single athlete got to show off their abilities while also getting to go home as winners at the conclusion of the Olympic games.

Close to 150 volunteers made the Special Olympics possible thanks to months of preparation ahead of time.

The event is put on to give people with disabilities the same opportunities so they can demonstrate their skills in track and field contests, among other competitions.

“They get to celebrate who they are and get to actually win. A lot of times they feel defeated and separated from the community and this is a day that they do not at all,” said Thea Brown, the Lawrence County Special Olympics Coordinator.

Brown has been volunteering at the Special Olympics for over 20 years. “They cannot wait to come and compete and just enjoy the day,” she said.

Other athletic competitions included softball throw, long jump, and several dash races.

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