Fun in the Sun at the Special Olympics!

The sunshine was abundant as volunteers, athletes, and news crews gathered at UNC Wilmington’s track and field to begin the 2014 Special Olympics! Below are some of our favorite moments from the event–from softball tosses and sprints to high fives and ribbon awards!

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Ready, set, go! These runners sprinted their hearts out to the finish line!

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The softball throw was a popular place to be as participants tested their strength and sent softballs soaring across the field.

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Kids loved the softball throw, and so did we!

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Here, volunteers measure the distance of long jumpers and rake the sand for the next brave long jumper.

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Attendees cheered on participants as they raced for the finish!

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Remember Sierra, the little mermaid in Codington’s Wheelchair Costume Halloween Parade? Here she is again, all smiles as she makes her way down the track in the wheelchair race!

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These two helped improve accessibility and fun for everyone. Thanks, ladies!

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Participants were so excited to receive their ribbons. This athlete won first in her softball heat (adult competition). Congratulations!

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Meet Michael, a first place winner of the softball throw. He told us, “I look forward to the Special Olympics every year. I live for this.” Congratulations Michael! Can’t wait to see you dominate again next year!

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Another friend we made was Keith, this athlete took home first for his fierce softball throw. Congratulations!

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Volunteers became friends by the time the events wrapped. Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2014 Special Olympics a blast!

About the Special Olympics: The mission of the Special Olympics program is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. To learn more, please visit their website.

From all of us at 101 Mobility, thanks for hanging out with us at the 2014 Special Olympics! Congratulations to all of the organizations, schools, and programs that participated!

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  1. Joanne@myuntangledlife.com  April 24, 2014

    There is just so much awesomeness in this post! Looks like a great day for everyone involved. Congrats to all the athletes. Job well done!