Lowcountry students participate in Special Olympics | Events
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - More than 200 students from across Beaufort and Jasper counties participated in the 2012 Special Olympics Spring Track and Field event at Hilton Head Island High School on Thursday.
After being cheered on during the opening ceremonies, the athletes got to show off their skills on the track and in the softball throw. For many of these students, this event is something they look forward to each year.
Many parents and teacher say this annual event makes a big difference for these athletes.
"He looks forward to this all year long, looks forward to practicing for it, having people root for him, cheer him on and him being able to win at something and do something great," said Janice Mazzeo. "Doesn't matter what he places, its just being here, having support from everybody makes him feel important, makes him feel noticed."
That's what the Special Olympics are all about. Lots of volunteers help make this event possible each year, cheering on all of the athletes and giving them high fives.
This year, Marines on Parris Island, Bluffton firefighters, community groups and other civic groups helped out with the games. The JROTC groups from a number of high schools in the area also helped out, partnering with many of the Special Olympic athletes.
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