Atlanta Public Schools Host 2022 Special Olympics Athletics Event – CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – A big celebration took place at Lakewood Stadium on Tuesday, with the return of the Atlanta Public Schools Special Olympics. Hundreds of students hit the track for fun and competition after a three-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

A crowd warmly welcomed the student-athletes as they entered the stadium. There was a lot of fanfare long before the competition started, with lots of dancing and the South Atlanta High School Marching Band performing for the occasion.

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Athletes took to the track after the Torch Run and more than 40 years after APS hosted its first Special Olympics. Participants collected their ribbons at the finish line.

“It’s awesome. It allows all the kids to get out there and show off their talents, whatever they are, and most importantly, have fun,” said parent Jamal Patton.

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Other athletics events included 25 and 50 meter walks, dash and wheelchair races, beanbag toss and tennis ball toss. The students take on much bigger challenges than these daily errands. “Some of these kids are really missing being with each other and having the opportunity to be with their peers and other teachers that they were with before, so we’re just glad to be out,” said Maurice Miles, teacher in the autism unit at Maynard Jackson High School.

“I like the way we can compete and I’m winning the first ribbon,” said 6th grader Rodney Holloway.

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Every day they all make it to the finish line, as winners overcoming obstacles, and they look forward to another celebration on the track next year.

Joseph K. Bennett