Special Olympians shine in spring games

Imari Scarbrough

May 5, 2014

Anson County held its 2014 Special Olympics at the high school last Tuesday.

During the opening ceremonies, the Anson High School JROTC color guard began the Pledge of Allegiance and the Anson High School band played the national anthem. Nancy Diggs, exceptional children program director, offered the Special Olympians Prayer and Lilesville Elementary School EC teacher Lauren Dugan announced the opening of the games.

Destinie Baldwin, an LES athlete, offered the oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Several students then participated in the Victory Walk, similar to the torch run in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. One student from each school represented their school: Shawn Smith for Ansonville Elementary School, Steven Taylor for Lilesville Elementary School, Curtis Smith for Morven Elementary School, Romeo Robinson for Peachland-Polkton Elementary School, Corey Hairston for Wadesboro Elementary School, Quashawn Byrd for Wadesboro Primary School, James Harris for Anson Middle School, and Tou Vang for Anson High School.

The AHS band and varsity cheerleaders/majorettes then offered a performance before the games began.

The children were able to compete in the 25-meter run, the running and standing long jump, and a tennis throw and softball throw. They were also able to work on their individual basketball skills. The youngest athletes (ages 4-7) played in non-competitive games.

Quashawn Byrd, a first-grader in Daniel Lattimore’s class at Wadesboro Primary School, participated in the 25-meter run, basketball, and the softball throw and tennis throw. His favorite sport was the individual skills session of basketball.

Damarian Edgeston, a second-grader in Lauren Dugan’s class at Lilesville Elementary School, said that of all of the activities he participated in, the softball throw was his favorite.

This year’s Special Olympics were sponsored by the Wadesboro Civitan Club, Vancine Sturdivant, and Beth Coward.