Special Olympics Officially Underway - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Special Olympics Officially Underway

October 12, 2007

Albany - - About 1500 athletes and coaches are in Albany this weekend for the Special Olympics State Fall Games. Competition started Friday afternoon, but the Games officially kicked off Friday night with a rousing Opening Ceremony. 

As they step out of the bus, they know they're here for business.

"Were here for bocce ball," says Coach Jennifer Westphal.

One of several sporting events this weekend where hundreds of people with special needs will get to show their stuff.

Westphal's group from Gwinett County has been preparing since August.

"The goal is to have fun basically. I don't care if they win or lose. As long as they have fun, that's all I care about," she says.

They joined others from across the state Friday at the Albany Civic Center.

"You can see how full this is, this auditorium. It's just exciting," says Organizer Georgia Sheates.

She says this year's event is bigger and better than ever.

"No comparison. When we were here two years ago there was not one soul in the upper stands," Sheates adds.

Athletes had a ball as they were entertained by Lee County cheerleaders. They were even treated to a performance by Miss Georgia as participants joined in.

Our Ben Roberts was the Master of Ceremonies and was there when Mayor Willie Adams issued a proclamation to organizers. This is the last year the Olympics will be held in Albany, for now.

"We can always come back and we'd love to," Sheates says.

The Olympics rotates between other cities in Georgia every three years.

"Are yall gonna win?" we asked the Gwinett team.

"Oh yeah," they cheered.

But they already won, when they stepped foot off of the bus.

This weekend athletes will compete in softball, golf, cycling, bocce, and long distance running at venues around town.

You can attend any of those evens through Sunday for free.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=specialolymp/bs

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • breaking

    Officials determine deadly Lee Co. fire caused by electrical malfunction

    Officials determine deadly Lee Co. fire caused by electrical malfunction

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:37 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:37:13 GMT

    Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the cause of a Friday morning house fire in Lee County that killed two elderly women was accidental.

    More >>

    Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said the cause of a Friday morning house fire in Lee County that killed two elderly women was accidental.

    More >>
  • Student leaves ASU after facing financial aid issues

    Student leaves ASU after facing financial aid issues

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:29 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:29:43 GMT
    A young girl left school at Albany State University on Friday. (Source: WALB)A young girl left school at Albany State University on Friday. (Source: WALB)

    It was an emotional Friday for the freshman A'Lauren Camp and her friends she had to say goodbye.  She said she is one of many students who had financial aid issues this year at Albany State University. 

    More >>

    It was an emotional Friday for the freshman A'Lauren Camp and her friends she had to say goodbye.  She said she is one of many students who had financial aid issues this year at Albany State University. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly