With a large, and appreciative, crowd of students, parents and volunteers as spectators the athletes made their entrance into the PHS gym through the new inflatable tunnel. Greeted by Mohawk mascot "Mighty Mo" and a line of volunteers, the athletes marched into the facility for the competition.
Led by the Piggott Schools team, the athletes included representatives from FOCUS, Paragould Schools, Greene County Tech, Maynard Schools, Abilities Unlimited, Pocahontas Schools, Marmaduke Schools, independents James Fannin and Jordan Seagraves and members of the Area 1 Panthers basketball team.
(in light blue shirt) represented Rector High School as an independent entry in Friday's Area One Basketball Skills Competition, and enjoyed a lot of support.(TD photo/Tim Blair)
Serving as this year's master of ceremonies was Piggott Mohawk Band Director Jeremy Wortham.
Throughout the day members of the band provided background music, and a large number of PHS students served as volunteers in assisting the athletes. Others did face painting and worked the concession stand in the all-day event.
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 Theresa@specialolympicsarkansas.org