Athletes in eastern North Carolina compete in Special Olympics

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Hundreds of people converged on J.H. Rose High School in Pitt County for the Special Olympics.

Following a parade and torch lighting ceremony, the day was filled with sporting events.

Athletes from across the state competed in track and field, soccer, and other outdoor activities.

Helping emcee the event was WNCT’s own Brian Bailey.

Volunteers said the experience is not only rewarding for the athletes, but for them as well.

“I think it means everything,” said Gillian Smith, a volunteer. “To see the smiles on everyone’s faces just getting to be special and just having a day for them is beyond compare.”

More than 3,700 athletes are enrolled in Pitt County’s Special Olympics.

Bertie County also held its Special Olympics Friday. Nearly 200 athletes competed in roughly a dozen events.

The games in Bertie County also had some special visitors: NFL players Justin Houston, Shaun Draughan and Akeem Dent.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s