Anson County children participate in Special Olympics

By: By Imari Scarbrough - iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com
Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A girl pitches a ball during a competition to see who could throw them the farthest.
Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy prepares to throw a ball to compete against others in a distance toss.
Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Children collect their Special Olympics ribbons at the awards tent.
Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy leaps to see how far he can go during the standing long jump competition of the Special Olympics.

Anson County children participated in a variety of sports during the Special Olympics on April 28.

The football field at Anson High School was temporarily converted into a tiny Special Olympic park, with activities set up around the field.

The young athletes competed in the standing long jump, running competitions and ball-tossing contests, accompanied by “buddies,” student volunteers who took them to the different stations and cheered them on. When the results of each contest were announced, the winners could pick up their ribbons from the awards tent.

Several adult community members also volunteered, including Anson County Sheriff Landric Reid and other officers who talked with children and caught stray balls.

When the games were completed, the children, buddies and faculty and staff gathered for the closing ceremony before grabbing bagged lunches.

The games are held each year for children with a variety of special needs, giving them a chance to compete and play.

Reach reporter Imari Scarbrough at 704-994-5471 and follow her on Twitter @ImariScarbrough.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A girl pitches a ball during a competition to see who could throw them the farthest.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_8036.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record A girl pitches a ball during a competition to see who could throw them the farthest.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy prepares to throw a ball to compete against others in a distance toss.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_8058.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy prepares to throw a ball to compete against others in a distance toss.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record Children collect their Special Olympics ribbons at the awards tent.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_8091.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record Children collect their Special Olympics ribbons at the awards tent.

Imari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy leaps to see how far he can go during the standing long jump competition of the Special Olympics.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_IMG_8105.jpgImari Scarbrough | Anson Record A boy leaps to see how far he can go during the standing long jump competition of the Special Olympics.

By Imari Scarbrough

iscarbrough@civitasmedia.com