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Dougherty County Special Olympics Kicks-Off

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May 9, 2008

Dougherty County -- Dougherty County Special Olympics kicked off the spring games with an  opening ceremony Friday morning.

More than 300 Special Olympics athletes and volunteers gathered at Albany State for the presentation of banners. 

One group of athletes had its own music and put on a show to get the athletes fired up for the competition. 

After a lap around the gym, the special olympic torch was lit to begin the games. 

Select athletes from today's games will participate in Atlanta for the spring state games.

"We'll have our field events today and actually certain athletes will be selected then to go and participate in state events which will be happening at the end of this month in Atlanta," said Special Olympics Manager Seaburn Jackson.

"It's the biggest thing in the world to meet all the athletes from different counties all over the state of Georgia," said Billy Griner, Jr. from the Albany High Team. Athletes from age seven through adult participated in today's games.

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