The Piney Woods Region, formerly known as Area 17, Special Olympics games were held today on JCJC's football field. Family, friends and volunteers helped support participants with cheers and plenty of food. Athletes from Covington, Jones, Smith, Jasper and Wayne counties competed in games and activities.
“Colt is going to be doing the assisted walk and the bean-bag toss; running is his favorite,” said Rita West, mother of participant Colt West. “He loves to get outside, hold my hand and run, and he just has a ball with it. He's always excited about his running.”
The activities included, assisted running, soccer, volleyball, bean-bag tosses, among other activities. Special guests included several athletes who served as honorary coaches.
The state-wide games are scheduled to be held in May.