Hattiesburg hosts first Special Olympics games in decade

Hattiesburg hosts first Special Olympics games in decade

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than one hundred special needs athletes hit the field at Hattiesburg High School Saturday morning for the renewal of the Special Olympics in the Hub City.

It was the first time in ten years that Hattiesburg hosted the games.

Athletes from six teams competed in five events, including softball and flag football.

Two hundred people volunteered to help with the event.

"I'm just very appreciative of all the support, for the athletes, the parents, the teachers, it's been a great day," said Lori Potter, regional director for Hub City Area 1 of Special Olympics. "I couldn't be happier. I feel like we are past the hard part and now it's just momentum that's going to keep pushing us."

The games were dedicated to Marley Taylor, a local girl with special needs who passed away this year.