Decatur County hosts first Special Olympics in 20 years - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Decatur County hosts first Special Olympics in 20 years

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Stores gear up for Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:18:42 GMT
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
    Retail stores in South Georgia are gearing up for the tax free holiday weekend.More >>
  • Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Shoppers fire up for tax free holiday

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:12:21 GMT
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
    Calculators, spirals, backpacks...just a few essentials for back-to-school shopping and with a bonus of a tax free holiday, shoppers will be scrambling to snag the best deals. More >>
  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) – Decatur County held their first Special Olympics in over twenty years today.

Fifty participates gathered at the new Bainbridge High School track to compete in activities such as one hundred yard dashes, softball tosses, and walking races.

Organizers worked with the national Special Olympics association to bring the sanctioned event to Decatur County.

"We've seen children who are somewhat introverted come out of their shell," says Special Olympics organizer Paul Medley. "All of them have smiled and had a good time. They have competed well with an emphasis on participating and not necessarily coming in strictly first. "

"It was exciting and I was so emotional," says Luis Bautisty, a participant who placed 1st in three events.

Organizers hope to add more activities and ages group to the Special Olympics.

They also say they don't want to wait another 20 years to hold one and plan to make it an annual event.

 

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback