Stephens County’s Special Olympic athletes will take to the track later this week for their annual Spring Games.
The 2014 Stephens County Special Olympic Spring Games are Friday at the Stephens County High School track in Toccoa.
Stephens County Special Olympics Public Relations and Fundraising Chair Letty Beatty said everything will start at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremonies.
City and county officials are scheduled to participate, said Beatty, who added others will be there as well.
“Recording artist Courtney Long will sing the national anthem and (50th District) State Senator John Wilkinson will start the games, so we are very excited about our program,” said Beatty.
About 95 athletes from age five all the way through over the age of 22 will take part in the Spring Games this year.
The competition will include the traditional track and field events, as well as some introductory events for younger athletes and developmental events for wheelchair athletes.
Beatty said SCHS track coach Kentrell Curry is assisting with running the track and field events.
Also, the athletes can take part in “Olympic Town” when they are not participating in an event. “Olympic Town” includes activities like face painting, games, and more.
Beatty said the public is invited to come out and support the athletes at Friday’s Spring Games.
“The support of cheering them on and letting them feel that achievement that they have and getting the goal is so important for them and it is so easy to do,” said Beatty. “It is such a blessing to see their faces when they come to these events and come to meet the people in the community.”
Admission into the games is to make a donation to the Stephens County Special Olympics organization.
Spectators will be on the visitors’ side of the high school stadium.
Concessions and t-shirts will also be on sale to the public, with all proceeds also benefiting Stephens County Special Olympics.
Beatty said the event could not happen without the support of the community.
She said that Stephens County Special Olympics greatly appreciates all of the support from the business community, as well as the approximately 200 volunteers that help make the event happen.