November 26, 2020

Special Olympics Young Athletes Program

Article by: Amber Spearman

We are very proud to announce the Special Olympics Young Athletes Program at the Heard Elementary School. This is an innovative sports play program for students with intellectual disabilities.

The program is designed to introduce them to the world of sports prior to Special Olympics eligibility at age eight. It began two years ago in Heard County and has continued to prosper over the years.

Young Athlete Kaylee Holcomb at the Spring Walking and Running Competition

Young Athlete Kaylee Holcomb at the Spring Walking and Running Competition

This versatile athletic program lends itself to various learning situations. It helps the children develop skills for success as future recreation, middle and high school athletes.

The skills include basic athletic foundations such as walking and running, balancing and jumping, trapping and catching, throwing, striking, and kicking.

This year, the athletes participated in the following events: bowling practice and bowling competition at Junction Lanes in Newnan, basketball skills competition at the Heard County Recreation Department, long distance walking and running competition at the Greenway Walking Trail and the Coweta County Special Olympics Invitational Track and Field Meet at Newnan High School.

With the support of the teachers, Tara Young and April Wolfe, the athletes have competed in more events this year than any other years in the past.

Also, Wylene Spearman, the local coordinator, would like to thank Special Olympics Georgia for providing sports supplies for the teachers to use in their classrooms.

In Heard County, we look forward to seeing this program grow even more in the future.

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