Young Athletes Compete in Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games
More than 1,300 athletes compete in the annual Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games.
Chubby from the Charlotte Checkers joins participants at the opening ceremonies for Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games at Bojangles' Coliseum.
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Through Thursday, May 2, more than 1,300 athletes, 150 coaches and 800 volunteers, including 400 Charlotte Country Day School students, come together across the city to make Special Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games a fun and inspirational event.
Athletes compete in track and field, softball, swimming and the Youth Athletes Program, which are noncompetitive events offered for youth ages 2 to 7. Events are free and open to the public and take place at sports venues in and around Charlotte, including Bojangles’ Coliseum, Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center, Charlotte Country Day School, Hough High School and the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Students at Charlotte Country Day School are among the more than 800 Charlotte-area volunteers that support SPecial Olympics Mecklenburg County Spring Games.
Photo credit: Lisa Kick Gardener
Special Olympics was created by the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation led by Eunice Kennedy who’s sister, Rosemary, had intellectual disabilities. The first International Special Olympics Games were held in Chicago, Illinois in 1968.
Want to volunteer? Call Special Olympics Mecklenburg County at 704-358-1935, extension 162.