PHS Hosts Special Olympics

Monday, March 7, 2016
In keeping with tradition, the Piggott Mohawk Special Olympics team had the honor of leading the grand march into the PHS gym Friday morning prior to the Area One Basketball Skills Competition.(photo courtesy Jennifer Vernon)

An enthusiastic group of more than 250 athletes with Area One Special Olympics descended on Piggott High School last Friday, Feb. 26, for the annual basketball skills competition. Special Olympians 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 volunteers and students as spectators, the athletes made their entrance into the Piggott High gym as part of the opening ceremony.

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 in Northeast Arkansas. 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 also 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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