The Special Olympics Area Spring Games took place on Saturday, April 21 at the Lumberton High School stadium.
Teams from all over the Golden Triangle came prepared to compete. The opening ceremony included four athletes taking turns carrying a lit torch for a portion of the track.
The torch is said to represent the “bright flame of hope promoting the spirit of competition and opportunity for all divisions,” said the emcee of the games.
One of the athletes recited the Special Olympics Athletes’ Oath, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Lumberton team had several athletes who participated in the various events. Brenham Peavy finished first in the 800 meter and tennis ball throw. Harold Lopez finished third on the softball throw, third on the 50 meter dash, and fourth on the 100 meter dash. Matthew Caruth came in first place on the long jump, second on the 100 meter, and third on the 50 meter dash. Dalton Grey took home first place on the 50 meter as well as softball throw, and second place on the mini javelin throw. The relay of Grey, Lopez, Peavy, and Carruth finished in third place earning a Bronze medal. The Quad Team 2 finished in third place, Quad Team 4 came in fourth place, Quad Team 3 came in fifth, and Quad Team 1 finished in sixth place.
Many volunteers pitched in to help make the games a success and Sysco provided snacks for the athletes.