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Carroll County Special Learning Center Holds Mini Special Olympics

Carroll County Special Learning Center Holds Mini Special Olympics

McKENZIE (April 8) — Special- needs athletes from Carroll County Special Learning Center and across the county gathered at Bethel University’s Wildcat Stadium Friday for a Mini Special Olympics featuring tons of activities.

At the end of the event, each athlete received a medal to commemorate their many accomplishments on the day.

In a press statement, Special Learning Center Founder/Coordinator Karlene Cheatham said, “I would like to express our sincere thanks to all the volunteers and organizations who made our meet a tremendous success. We had about 95 athletes from The Special Learning Center and all the Carroll County schools compete in track and field events. Everyone involved, whether an athlete or volunteer, had a great time.

“We would especially like to thank the following people for ensuring our meet was a success: Bethel University School of Education, who have provided us with T-shirts for the last six years; Coordinated School Health, who have provided medals for every athlete for the last six years; Bethel University Football for enabling us to use their beautiful facility; Dr. Reid’s classes; Dr. Nelson’s classes; Dr. Session’s classes; Dr. Burford’s classes; Mrs. Elliott’s classes, Community Engagement Scholars; Global Studies; Chap and Darnell for community service hours; the Physiology department for providing all the snacks; Mrs. Nelson; and Nicole Lusk for being the such an amazing liaison.

“Lastly, thank you to all my Special Olympics volunteers who are so stupendous and make our program the premier in the county: you know who you are and I thank you!”

Photo by Brad Sam/The Banner Below Left, Students from the Carroll County Special Learning Center race for the finish line. Photo by Ernie Smothers/The Banner Below Center, Tyrec Warren of McKenzie High School receives his medal at the end of the day. Photo by Brad Sam/The Banner Below Right, Sydney Barber of West Carroll Primary stands at the podium to display her medal. Photo by Brad Sam/The Banner

Photos by Brad Sam/The Banner

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