Special Olympics held in South Hadley

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The Olympics on NBC is over, but on Thursday in South Hadley, it was time for the Special Olympics. 22News is working for you to explain the goal of these Special Olympics.

About 80 students from 13 local schools participated. It was the third annual Special Olympics held at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley.

The goal was just to participate, have fun, and be a team player. The main sport was basketball, but the student athletes also did some bowling hula hooping and cup stacking.

These Special Olympians didn’t let their disabilities keep them from achieving anything. A team of 50 volunteers helped organize the activities and cheer on the athletes.

T.J. Fitzell of South Hadley told 22News, “It’s not about winning or losing, it’s all about participation and having fun. I think that’s the main thing. Just having fun, a good time with friends.”

“Well I like bowling, and dribbling and hula hooping and passing. The shooting part was a challenge, but I think I got it,” said James Farnsworth, a Special Olympian.

At the end of the events, there was a closing ceremony where all the athletes got a gold medal.

The organizer told 22News that Granby will hold a Special Olympics for soccer in the fall. Northampton will have the track and field Special Olympics in the spring.

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