The Decatur County Special Olympics completed its third annual Track and Field event Thursday, May 3, at the Bainbridge High School track.
There were 58 participants competing in 7 different categories including track and field, frisbee toss, softball throw, long jump, standing jump, and bean bag toss.
After the 9 a.m. opening ceremonies and the Presentation of Colors by the Bainbridge High School ROTC, Dr. Fred Rayfield, superintendent of Decatur County schools, began the event by carrying the Special Olympics torch around the track accompanied by local law enforcement. At the finish line, Dr. Rayfield then declared, "Let the games begin!"
Approximately 70 volunteers were on hand to assist in the event.
Spectators including athletes' parents and students from various school organizations cheered and encouraged participants to perform with an all-out effort.
All athletes wore their Special Olympics tee shirts with their motto on the back: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."