This year I had the pleasure of serving again as the local coordinator for Special Olympics. When this venture began last year, I was quite apprehensive. Those anxious feelings quickly vanished, however, as I witnessed firsthand just what can be accomplished when the staff and students from Ashe County Schools and members of the community join forces to do something good for others.
It would be impossible for me to list the individual names of the many people who play a part in our Special Olympics but to each of them I want to say “Thank you”.
Thank you for giving of your time and talents to make some very important members of our community see and feel how much they are supported and valued. The smile on the face of each athlete as they were cheered on during the events and received their awards was made possible by the efforts of every single person who contributed and/or participated in any way.
On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and athletes, I would like to extend a special thank you to Don and Maryanne Moore of McDonald’s and Shane Simmons of High County Independent Insurance. Without any hesitation, these folks have stepped up to provide for this event and seen to it that no one left our spring games hungry. I appreciate their continued support of the children in Ashe County schools.
I am thankful to live in a community and work in a school system that supports opportunities for children with disabilities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy of participating in Special Olympics.