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GIVING IT THEIR BEST: A good crowd on hand inside the big gym at Valley Community Center made lots of noise in encouraging the Special Olympics contestants to do their best in running, walking and in the softball throws during last year’s event. This year’s event is Friday, March 22.

Chambers County Schools to host Special Olympics

LaFAYETTE – The Chambers County School District will host the 2019 Special Olympics at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at the Valley Community Center.

Diane Sheriff, special education and services director for Chambers County Schools, said all special education students from all local school systems have been invited to participate.

“This is the main event our students look forward to and prepare for each year,” she said.

Although swimming was added to the list of events for the first time this past year, it will not happen this year due to current repairs at the community center pool.

However, there will be 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter running events.

Additionally, there will be a 50-meter and a 100-meter walk, as well as a 50-meter wheelchair walk, a 50-meter assisted walk, long jump, tennis ball throw and softball throw.

“The public is always invited and encouraged to attend,” Sherriff said. “Donations for our continuing programs will also be accepted and appreciated.”

The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968.