Over 350 people filled the back fields of John Marshall High School Thursday for the Marshall County Special Olympics.
This year, the organizers decided to add soccer as part of the games alongside basketball. 130 student athletes and 175 peer tutors spent their school day playing either sport. The student athletes ranged from elementary students to those who recently graduated.
Juniors and seniors from John Marshall and Cameron got to make new connections by bonding with those with disabilities. They say this allows the students to get out and exercise rather than sit around and not move around. Marshall County Co-Director Lori Prascik says, “we’re allowing them time to socialize with other kids who have the same types of problems and issues. We couldn’t do it without the community.”
Trinity Thomas is a senior at John Marshall and participated in the games this year and she says, “most people know others and then there’s the experience of meeting other people along with from other counties and our community.”