TOP PHOTO: The winners of the young 100-meter celebrate their victories at Monday mornings Special Olympics.

Special Olympians are headed for the finish line.

 By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The seats were filled with fans cheering Special Olympians on at the L. Hope Dossett Stadium at Campbell County High School on Monday morning. The rain held off till the last part of the event.

A nice turnout of fans helped make Monday’s Special Olympics just that much more fun.

It was the first time in 15 years, a Special Olympics event was held in Campbell County.  The Track and Field competition was held at the High School’s track on Monday morning with multiple athletes competing in several categories. 

Competition categories included the 50 meter run and walk, the 100 meter run and walk, as well as the assisted walk and eight softball throw heats.

Softball throw heats were also a part of yesterday’s Special Olympics.

Law enforcement officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol were on hand to present awards and cheer participants on.

According to Special Olympics Chairman Brandon Johnson, the event went well, with an awesome turnout for the first time holding a Special Olympics event in so long. Multiple community leaders and individuals came out to volunteer and show support for the athletes.

At Monday’s Special Olympics, here are the winners in the female 100-meter race.

“It went great, especially for it to be so new.  We had lots of community participation and a great buy in from the school and local law enforcement and great participation from the athletes as well,” Johnson said. 

All athletes were treated to ice cream at the end of the event.

Rain held off until the very end of Monday’s events.

Johnson also said Special Olympics will continue to grow in Campbell County with more events planned for the future. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/09/2023-6AM)