Letters to the Editor: Special Olympics event was inspiring

Editor:

The mission of the Special Olympics, as stated on the Special Olympics Virginia website, is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

On Saturday, April 1, I had the great pleasure of serving as a chaperone for the Shenandoah County students who competed in the Special Olympics event known as the VMI Games in Lexington, Virginia. The event, held annually at Virginia Military Institute, is open to all athletes across the Commonwealth of Virginia and includes sports like half-court basketball, swimming, and track and field. At the end of each athletic event, the athletes are adorned with a participation medal and invited to a dance and dinner following a day of fierce competition and outstanding sportsmanship. It was absolutely amazing to be included in an event so fun and so inspiring.

I’d like to congratulate our remarkable student athletes who competed in the games as well as county school staff, family and friends who attended to provide unbelievable support and encouragement!

Katie Freakley, Woodstock