FORSYTH COUNTY – It’s that time of the year again for nearly 400 area public school students to show off their athletic talents and compete in the annual Special Olympics Spring Games.
The event, always held on the football field at Forsyth Central High School, will incorporate students with special needs from the county’s elementary, middle and high schools on Friday, April 17.
Special needs athletes will participate in relay runs, long jumps and softball throws, among other events like an opening ceremony preceded by a torch run, according to Annemarie Raygor with Special Olympics of Forsyth.
The organization is a local chapter of a national group that promotes athletics and social events for students with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. That began more than 20 years ago, and the spring games were initiated in 2006 as a means to address transition skills for these students.
Sports like tennis and softball are held throughout the year under the program, though this spring event is the big one “for the kids.”
Participating athletes will be accompanied by a high school buddy who will help them with events and support them throughout the day, Raygor said.
Teachers, community volunteers, friends and parents will also be on hand to cheer and clap their way through the day.
Central’s gym will host face painting booth and games, Raygor siad.
Any money raised will benefit Special Olympics of Forsyth.