The Gaston County Special Olympics spring games were held Friday, May 1, at North Gaston High School. More than 250 athletes competed in track and field events, including the 100-yard dash, 50-yard dash, 25-yard dash, 25-yard walk and a tennis ball throw.
The opening ceremonies included the Cramerton Middle handbell choir playing "The Star-Spangled Banner," the Parade of Athletes, the national anthem, the Special Olympics Athlete Oath and the ceremonial torch run. Sheriff Alan Cloninger addressed the athletes and the Gaston County Sheriff's Department helped host and organize the competition. There was also an "Olympic Town" area with games and activities for the athletes to enjoy.
Many Gaston County Schools Project Unify clubs were represented at the games. Project Unify brings together students with and without disabilities to create a culture of acceptance and respect. Students created signs and banners for the participants and cheered for them during the competition.