To­day marks last day of Spe­cial Olympics Week

The Covington News - - Sports -

The fi­nal day of Spe­cial Olympics Week in New­ton County is to­day.

On be­half of the 600+ Spe­cial Olympians in the com- mu­nity, the event has lasted through­out the week, with open­ing cer­e­monies and a pa­rade held Mon­day.

Spe­cial Olympics is the world­wide leader in pro­vid­ing high qual­ity sports train­ing and ath­letic com­pe­ti­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual and de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties. The pro­gram is unique in that it ac­com­mo­dates com­peti­tors at all abil­ity lev­els by as­sign­ing them to “ com­pe­ti­tion di­vi­sions” based on both age and ac­tual per­for­mance.

The big­gest event is the Spring Games, which of­fers track and field com­pe­ti­tions for all age and abil­ity groups over a three- day span. It also of­fers New­ton County a first­hand op­por­tu­nity to see the spe­cial gifts and tal­ents the ath­letes pos­sess.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call Pam Dew, lo­cal pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor, at ( 770) 3856916 or send e- mail to dew. pam@new­

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