PHS Hosts Area One Special Olympics
The Piggott High School gym was a hotbed of activity Friday, March 3, as the Area One Special Olympics basektball skills competition was held. Organizers report some 325 athletes took part in this year's event, which has become an annual favorite for both the participants and volunteers.
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.
Following the grand march into the gym, the traditional opening ceremonies were held. Members of Jeri Swann's class at PHS led those on hand in the Pledge of Allegiance, with Amy R'isker singing the National Anthem and Caitlyn Campbell leading the athletes in the Special Olympics Pledge.
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 local basketball skills competition is just one of the many sporting events sanctioned by Special Olympics of Arkansas. Many of the athletes took part in the bowling competition held earlier this year, and many will also compete in the upcoming annual games set for this spring at Greene County Tech's track facilities.
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