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Weather can’t dampen Games
Special Olympics moves indoors and to different venues
Lucien Roy gets some assistance from Marilynn Walker during the Forsyth County Special Olympics Spring Games on Friday. Rain forced organizers to move events indoors and to different locations. - photo by Jennifer Sami

As rain poured down outside, it was nothing but fun and dancing inside as the Forsyth County Special Olympics athletes enjoyed their Spring Games.

High school athletes went to Forsyth Central High School, where they participated in non-competitive activities such as badminton, basketball shooting, ring toss and hitting baseballs.

Christie Karr, adaptive physical education teacher, helped reorganize the event, originally slated to happen systemwide on Central’s football field.

“They’ve adapted very well,” she said. “Volunteers are doing a wonderful job. Our volunteers, as usual are very flexible and that’s been the key today.

“[Kids] are having a great time and they’re enjoying the day.”

Elementary school athletes spent their spring games bowling at Stars and Strikes family entertainment center in Cumming, while middle schools each held their own event focusing on community-based instruction, said Sarah Taylor, special education director.

Taylor said parents were appreciative that we “still continued with some of the events for the students.”

“We think it actually went very smooth,” Taylor said. “Everybody talked about how it was actually kind of nice to have the groups separated just because they got more individualized attention on the kids and that way they had more time to enjoy the event.”

In addition to more than 400 athletes, teachers, parents and students all took part in the action, volunteering to help the athletes learn new skills and have a fun day.

Central senior Haley Hess said she’s been volunteering for the Special Olympics since her freshman year.

As a lacrosse player and cheerleader, Hess said being a part of the event with them helps “just to let them know how it feels to play sports and be active.”