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South GA special Olympians compete in Lowndes Co.

The games began with an opening ceremony in which students paraded into the park carrying banners representing their school or group The games began with an opening ceremony in which students paraded into the park carrying banners representing their school or group
Jessica Catlett Jessica Catlett
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) -

Thursday, the Valdosta Lowndes Parks and Recreation Authority once again helped special needs children in South Georgia feel like champions.

The organization held its annual Spring Special Olympic Games at Freedom Park in Lowndes County Thursday. Students eight to 21 competed in several different events, including track and field and softball.

VLPRA's Marketing Director, Jessica Catlett, said this is more than just fun for the students. "They get to get out and get physical exercise, they get to interact socially. Kids really look forward to coming back to the games and seeing their friends from other schools," Catlett said. "You also have the aspect of getting he community involved. We have over a hundred volunteers today."

425 students and teachers from five South Georgia counties participated in the games.

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