Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 15, 2012

Central hosts Special Olympics

Natalie Fultz
CNHI

THOMASVILLE —  It was a “special” occasion at Thomas County Central High School’s gym on Thursday. Athletes competed valiantly not just for medals, but for a sense of achievement.

Students from area schools gathered to compete in the 2012 Winter Special Olympics Games. Participants had a chance to test their skills Thursday in a basketball game and by working on developmental basketball fundamentals. Those who made the highest number of accurate shots were awarded first-place ribbons.

“It’s a great way to get the kids together,” Gloria Robinson, local coordinator, said.

Nick Casey was thrilled to be participating.

“Oh yeah, I am going to win,” Casey said. “I am a good basketball player. I’m just good.”

Former area director Elizabeth Elzy has been involved with the Special Olympics for more than 30 years.

“I just volunteer now,” Elzy said. “I enjoy seeing the children participate and win, because all of them are winners.”

Gayle Clark, Special Education eirector, finds that the 2012 Winter Special Olympics is a big day for the participating, but touching for everyone involved.

See Friday's edition for more details.