March 13, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Hundreds of Special Olympians filled Freedom Park in Valdosta Thursday for a little friendly competition.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Park and Rec Association says this spring's Special Olympics was their biggest one yet. Olympians competed in everything from track and field to softball... Then got to unwind at the Olympic Park, complete with face painting and an inflatable slide. Teachers say the Special Olympics are a great time for the kids to compete in sports that aren't available at school.
"This is a great opportunity for our students to come and get out in the community and feel just like typical teenagers. They get to participate in sports activities and get out of the classroom. A lot of what we do in Life Skills is teach social skills as well, and Special Olympics is a great opportunity for that", says Jessica Watson, a Life Skills Teacher at Lowndes High.
VLPRA says they had 430 teachers and students participate in Thursday's Olympics.