Piggott High Hosts Special Olympics

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Members of the PES Special Olympics team enters the gym to a rousing ovation during the recent basketball skills competition for Area One.

Several hundred athletes with Area One Special Olympics descended on Piggott High School Friday, Feb. 28 for the annual basketball skills competition. Over 300 athletes from across the region were on hand for this year's event, which has become an annual favorite for both the participants and volunteers.

With a large crowd of appreciative students as spectators, the athletes made their entrance into the Piggott High gym as part of the opening ceremony. Following a rousing rendition of the National Anthem by Megan Johnson of PHS, the Special Olympians recited the athlete's oath and the competition got underway.

Once again this year local minister Kevin Murray served as master of ceremonies, as he offered encouragement to both the crowd and participants throughout the event.

One of the larger groups at the Area One Special Olympics competition was from Paragould Schools.(

The Special Olympians ranged in age from young children to adults, and all are from Area One--which encompasses Clay, Greene, Randolph, Lawrence, Fulton and Sharp counties. Some of the individual schools taking part included Piggott, Marmaduke, Walnut Ridge, Paragould, Greene County Tech and Pocahontas. Participants were also on hand from regional sheltered workshops and adult facilities as well.

A variety of fundraisers were also held in conjunction with the event, with the PHS AP Art Class providing face painting, and members of the Mohawk baseball team collecting donations in support of Special Olympics. Other volunteers assisted with the games, while additional workers manned the concession stand and sold Special Olympics t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies.

The field representative for Area One is former Piggott resident, and teacher, Theresa Book. Those wanting more information on Special Olympics in Area One may contact her by phone at 870 598-4908 or by email at Theresa@specialolympicsarkansas.org

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