Volunteers hope to re-establish Hattiesburg region of Special Olympics

Volunteers hope to re-establish Hattiesburg region of Special Olympics

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some folks in Hattiesburg are working to re-establish a Hub City chapter for Special Olympics

Thursday night, volunteers, teachers and athletes gathered at the Sherrill Community Center to begin the process of re-starting the Hattiesburg Region of that organization.

It would join 16 other regions across the state.

Special Olympics gives people with intellectual disabilities a chance to participate in athletic events.

"Hattiesburg was home to the first chapter, we call them regions now, the first chapter in Special Olympics Mississippi," said Jim Beaugez, director of public relations for Special Olympics Mississippi. "It was actually started in this area by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics (and) we're here in Hattiesburg to try to re-start that program in the Hub City, where it all began for us in Mississippi," he said.

For years, Camp Shelby has hosted the Fall Games of the Special Olympics.

In two weeks, Biloxi will host the summer games.