PHS Hosts Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition

Thursday, March 1, 2018
The PES Special Olympics team enters the gym for Friday's event.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Special Olympians from across much of Northeast Arkansas gathered at the Piggott High School gym on Friday, Feb. 23, for the Area One Basketball Skills Competition. Over 300 athletes, and well over 100 volunteers, took part in the annual event which has become a favorite for both.

Led into the packed gym by the Piggott Mohawk teams from PHS and PES, the parade of athletes included participants from Focus, Paragould Schools, Greene County Tech, Maynard Schools, Abilities Unlimited, Pocahontas Schools, the Doni Martin Center and Marmaduke Schools.

With the large, and appreciative, crowd of students, parents and volunteers serving as spectators the athletes made their entrance and were greeted by a line of well-wishers.

Each athlete was greeted by hundreds of supporters as they entered the gym.
TD photo/Tim Blair

Afterward, members of Jeri Swann's class at Piggott High School led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Young Joseph Thrach, of Greene County Tech, then offered a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Piggott Mohawk athlete Darious Keene then had the honor of leading the assemblage in the Special Olympics oath.

Serving as master of ceremonies once again this year was Piggott Mohawk Band Director Jeremy Wortham. Throughout much of the day, members of the band also provided background music. A number of students also served as volunteers assisting the athletes, while others did facing painting, sold shirts and hoodies and worked the concession stand.

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.

An athlete from Paragould shows-off her skills during the Area One event Friday at Piggott High School.
TD photo/Tim Blair

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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