Area One Special Olympics to Visit PHS Friday

Thursday, February 28, 2019
In keeping with tradition, volunteers and supporters line the walls of the PHS gym to welcome the Special Olympics athletes as they arrive for the basketball skills competition. Pictured is a scene from last year's event.
TD file photo/Tim Blair

Organizers are expecting well over 300 enthusiastic athletes to gather in the gym of Piggott High School this Friday, Feb. 22, for the Area One Special Olympics annual basketball skills competition. Throughout the day-long event, Special Olympians from across Northeast Arkansas will be participating in the competition, which has become an annual favorite for both participants and volunteers.

The opening ceremony is set to get underway at 9 a.m., as the competitors will enter the gym in teams. Greeted by dozens of volunteers and well-wishers the athletes, who range in age from young children to adults, will make their entrance to a cascade of applause and cheers.

The competitors are from across Area One, which includes Clay, Greene, Randolph, Lawrence, Fulton and Sharp Counties in Northeast Arkansas. Along with Piggott, some of the individual schools who regularly field teams are Rector, Marmaduke, Walnut Ridge, Paragould, Greene County Tech, Maynard and Pocahontas. Participants also compete from regional sheltered workshops and adult facilities as well.

Many of these same athletes also take part in other competitions, such as the bowling event held earlier this year and the upcoming spring track games. A number of the Special Olympians will also compete at the state and national level.

Serving as the field representative for Area One is former Piggott resident, and PES teacher, Theresa Book. Those wanting additional information on the Area One Special Olympics may call her at 870 598-4908 or contact her by email at Theresa@specialolympicsarkansas.org

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