A Special Olympics athlete runs the first relay race. Laura Jones. (click for larger version)
April 30, 2012
CUMMING, Ga. — The Forsyth County Special Olympics athletes, volunteers and educators arrived by the busloads from nearby elementary, middle and high schools early Friday morning, April 20 to participate in the Spring Games.
The Special Olympics of Forsyth County held a parade during the opening ceremonies. Laura Jones. (click for larger version)
In groups, participants filled Forsyth Central High School's track and field to cheering spectators.
A parade quickly assembled and the opening ceremony and games commenced soon after.
The event featured a variety of track and field games. The community contributed to make each athlete feel appreciated.
"Susan [Darlington, Special Olympics-Forsyth coordinator] works her magic planning for this event and it takes about four to six months," said Special Olympics-Forsyth Family Coordinator Linda Fitzpatrick.
New sponsors this year included Atlanta Panel Corp. and Home Depot. Also helping make the day special were McDonalds, Starbucks and Lexis-Nexis.
"The weather held out for us today," said Fitzpatrick. "Our Spring Games are a precursor to the Summer Games held at Emory in May."