“Let Me Win. But if I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave in the Attempt.” That’s what more than 325 athletes will say today before they begin their contests in the Kershaw County Special Olympics.
With athletes from more than 30 classes in schools across the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) as well as athletes from the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, the event will be held at Camden Military Academy.
A police escort will lead the buses of athletes to the event starting from the Springdale Plaza/Belk parking lot in Camden at 8:30 a.m. A torch will be carried by law enforcement officers starting from the Camden IGA at 8:45 a.m. and culminate with the lighting of the cauldron to begin the ceremonies at 9:15 a.m.
Student athletes will participate in a variety of athletic events throughout the day including a walk/run, tennis ball throw, softball throw, wheelchair race, walker race and a ramp-assisted bowling ball toss.
Other outdoor games including bocce ball, bounce houses, face painting, wagon rides and a dance are also a part of the festivities. Lugoff-Elgin High LEAP students will supervise games for the younger athletes, and a new feature this year will be “The Zone” manned by JROTC students at the academy’s baseball field. Free snow cones for the athletes will be available from the Camden Fire Department.
The awards ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
“I have heard so many great things about the Special Olympics in Kershaw County,” KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins said. “I look forward to being a part of the celebration this year and greatly appreciate all those persons who are making it possible, especially Camden Military Academy for providing the space and cadet volunteers.”
This year’s Special Olympics T-shirt design winner is Midway Elementary School 5th Grade student Sarah Clair Rhyne. The program design winner is Stover 8th Grade student Gracelyn Horton. Each will receive a $100 award, compliments of the Camden Police Department. This year’s poster design was the created by The Kershaw Center athletes.