Although it was a cold and windy morning Special Olympics athletes showed up last week to compete for this year’s top prizes.
Athletes from across the county were competing for the chance to go to the state Special Olympics event.
Gadsden County has been hosting the local Special Olympics event for over 40 years. This year the event took place at the East Gadsden High School track and field.
Florida’s Special Olympics Summer Games are the largest event on the calendar with athletes competing in athletics (track and field), bocce, cycling, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
The event is held annually at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and kicks off with an exciting Olympic-style opening ceremony featuring the final leg of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. It will be held May 16th and 17th in Orlando.
Winners from those events compete on a national level later in the summer.