GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It was a beautiful day in Pitt County as nearly 400 athletes with intellectual disabilities participated in the 2016 Spring Special Olympics.
Athletes competed in a series of competitions, including the long jump, softball throw and a 4×1 relay race.
More than 700 volunteers were on hand at J-H Rose High to help out with the event.
Members of several East Carolina University athletic teams volunteered, including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer as well as swimming and diving.
WNCT’s own Brian Bailey and ECU’s head women’s basketball coach Heather Macy served as the masters of ceremony.
ECU junior guard B.J. Tyson says working with the athletes is a life-changing experience.
“They give me a lot of inspiration,” Tyson said. “You give them the support. You give them everything that they give you because they support you.”
Rampants’ senior Cornell Powell added that today’s event is all about the smiles on the athletes’ faces.
“I want to see them enjoying themselves, but it’s not always about winning,” said Powell who volunteered. “It’s about them having fun and that’s the main part of it.”
The Pitt county Special Olympics, the City of Greenville, and Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation sponsored the event.
Special Olympics is a year-round program of physical fitness, sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.