Area One Special Olympics Visits PHS

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Special Olympics team from Piggott Elementary School had the honor of leading the procession of athletes into the gym during Friday's Area One Basketball Skills Competition at PHS.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

A group of more than 250 athletes with Area One Special Olympics descended on Piggott High School Friday, Feb. 27 for the annual basketball skills competition. 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 led by Jesse Wynn of Walnut Ridge, and the competition got underway.

This year local minister Charles Richardson served as master of ceremonies, offering words of encouragement to both the participants and crowd throughout the day.

James Fannin of Rector High School competed at the Area One Basketball Skills Competition Friday at PHS, representing the Cougars.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

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, Rector, Marmaduke, Walnut Ridge, Paragould, Greene County Tech, Maynard and Pocahontas. Participants were also on hand from regional sheltered workshops and adult facilities as well.

Many of the same athletes took part in the annual bowling competition at Jonesboro for Area One, and will participate in the annual games set for later this spring at Greene County Tech.

The field representative for Area One is former Piggott resident, and teacher with the Piggott School District, 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

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