Thursday, 15 May 2014
A large group of very special athletes gathered at Macon Middle School, Friday, May 9, to compete in the 2014 Far West Regional Special Olympics, track and field competition. Two hundred twenty-two athletes representing Qualla Boundary, and Macon, Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties competed in the day’s events. Another 348 caregivers, volunteers and other helpers provided assistance and support for the participants. Families, friends and spectators brought the total attendance to more than 1,000 people.
Excitement and anticipation of a great day of competition filled the arena as the crowd assembled in preparation for the day’s activities, with cloudy skies and a cooling breeze tempering the heat from the early part of the week.