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The second annual Special Olympics is tomorrow. The event will take place on the CM football field from 9:30-12:30. If weather does not go well it will be moved inside to the main gym.

“Special Olympics is an international competition modeled on the Olympics Games, in which mentally handicapped athletes compete. This competition allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to develop physical fitness and athletic skills while enjoying the gifts of courage, joy, and friendship that playing a sport provides,” said senior Isabella Roberts, student chairwoman for the event.

CM teacher Rachel Leckrone is the event coordinator. “The Bethalto chapter of the Special Olympics works with families across our school district to provide an opportunity for our students to come together for an amazing day of sports, collaboration, and the purest most infectious joy you have ever experienced! The Special Olympics is a true community building event!”

The events that will be at the Special Olympics is 100-meter and 50-meter sprint races, a 4×100 meter relay race, long jump, shot put, and Cornhole (Bean Bag Toss). All athletes will be divided into age groups to make it fair for everyone. After each event there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons awarded to the winners. “I also truly enjoy the awards ceremony when I have the pleasure of watching them jump up on the podium waving their award as their name is announced and dancing around with happiness,” said Roberts.

Anyone and everyone is welcomed to watch the athletes this weekend. It is completely free to come and Chick-Fil-A, other snacks, and drinks will be available to buy.

“Our sponsors include NHS, The CMHS Corner Café, Genos 140 Club, Bethalto Little Eagles, and Beta Sigma Phi,” said Leckrone.

There will also be carnival games that NHS will provide.

“My absolute favorite part about the Special Olympics is watching the athletes compete and seeing them smiling, high-fiving, and just having fun with their partners and friends. I also enjoy seeing the interactions in the hallway and in the lunchroom and other school settings that are seldom noticed in the weeks following the event. I enjoy seeing those who were partners high-five or say high as they pass in the hallway or share a laugh in the commons,” said Roberts.

Come out and watch our athletes and cheer them on in the Second Annual Special Olympics!

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