For over 40 years local athletes have been competing in the Gadsden County Special Olympics.
This year’s “Games” were in memory of Jimmy Lee Davis.
Davis coordinated the Gadsden County Special Olympics for 20 years from 1972-1992 and was an exceptional student teacher.
This year’s grand marshals were Ellen Bryant, Exceptional Student Education director from 1974-1993, and Margaret Pinson, who coordinated the Games from 1992 to present.
Pinson will be retiring this year.
The Stewart Street Relay Team carried the Olympic Torch on its first run around the track at the opening ceremony with Assistant Superintendent Rosalyn Smith opening the Games.
Superintendent Reginald James announced that the Gadsden County District had been presented with the 2012 Marilyn Grigsby Award.
Each year, Special Olympics Florida honors those individuals and organizations whose support, efforts and embodiment of the spirit of Special Olympics make a significant impact on the program and the lives of the athletes served.