When it comes to Special Olympics, nobody around here does it quite like Lawrence County.
And that’s not coming from me, but rather several people who have been involved with multiple different events.
“They just know how to go the extra mile,” said a local individual.
The county was back at it this past week, hosting the event to much success again.
Athletes from all around the county competed in events of races, long jumps, long throws and others.
Athletes were competing for a chance to represent at the state games in Troy.
“I thought it went awesome,” said Lawrence County football coach Rich Dutton. “Mrs. (Donna) Flannigan always does an amazing job. She has a very difficult job with all that goes into it but she always makes it the best that it can be.”
Dutton was selected to be the Grand Marshal of the event, an honor he glady accepted.
“I was caught off guard, I was very touched,” Dutton said. “It was a huge honor.”
Along with the competition events, Lawrence County also has blow ups and several different superhero and famous characters show up.
This year they added a photo booth so athletes could get their picture made with the characters.
All this takes place on the Lawrence County High School football field.
“Being in the center of the county, you want to have a community field,” he said. “Mrs. Flannigan does a great job of making us feel involved. This is a big deal for not only our students and players, but also our community.”
The athletes’ next stop will be in Troy.