The theme of the 2014 Columbia County Schools Special Olympics was “All in 2 Win,” and each player and volunteer showed how much they all were.
The yearly event, held at Greenbrier High School’s Wolf Den Stadium, involved more than 200 Special Olympians competing in the games, with more than 400 student volunteers and 100 adult volunteers on hand to support the athletes.
It was evident from the smiles on their faces, that the volunteers who walked onto the football field happy to be a part of the event, including Maya Johnson, a senior at Greenbrier High School.
Johnson said she couldn’t have been more excited to finally volunteer and cheerlead for the children in the Special Olympics.
“It’s my first year doing it,” Johnson said. “It feels amazing, I’m glad I did it.”
Another senior, Ellie Stakely spent her time recording the times of players who participated in the Slam Dunk competition. Stakely said it was her second time volunteering. She also volunteered as a freshman.
The athletes engaged in multiple events, such as 50- and 100-meter dashes, soccer dribble, bocce ball, kick and score, Slam Dunk and the running long jump, and each one got a ribbon for their effort.
Brianna Garnett, a sophomore and volunteer at the bocce ball station, said the main thing she was looking forward to was being out on the field with the kids supporting and helping them finish the race.
Some of the volunteers were not just keeping score or setting up events, they had buddies that they partnered up with to support them through the events, like Riley Tetreault, a senior at Greenbrier High School.
Tetreault said she was really excited about the day and helping her buddy compete in all of the games.
“I’m really excited because the buddies are awesome and they always have so much fun out here and it’s just really fun to like be able to be a part of that and make them feel special about being a part of this Special Olympics,” Tetreault said.