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.
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