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Decatur County hosts first Special Olympics in 20 years


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.


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