Special Olympics is a worthwhile endeavor

Published 7:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2016

This week, hundreds of Pearl River County residents of all ages gathered at Picayune High School’s Stadium to celebrate the spirit of competition in the Special Olympics.
The Special Olympics is an event held annually that is conducted in about 170 countries. For more than 50 years some form of the event has been held in this country. It provides citizens with disabilities to be able compete in a number of events, from running to bocce ball.
The event not only brings many people together to try their hand at several competitive events, but also gives community members a chance to volunteer their time and talent to providing these citizens with a day they will look forward to each and every year.
Exercise is a crucial component to a healthy life, not just physically, but in every aspect. Holding the Special Olympics gives these citizens incentive to train hard and demonstrate what they’ve accomplished throughout the year.
When young people get involved in volunteerism, they aren’t just learning that selfless acts help the community; they are also becoming more committed to their hometown and the people that live within.
These young people will grow up to be dedicated and successful adults that will hopefully find a place here in Pearl River County to continue their good deeds.
It’s with great pride that the Picayune Item recognizes members of the Kiwanis Club and the student volunteers who organized such a successful event to allows these citizens to compete in the many events Special Olympics offers.

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