Its that time of again for some amazing athletes to lace up their sneakers and head to the Annual Special Olympics Track Meet at Harrison Stadium in Oroville, California. This amazing event unfolded on a sunny Spring morning. During the opening ceremonies, the many schools involved in the event presented their banners to spectators. There were a number of community organizations present at the event to provide information about their services, including Little Red Hen.
Let me Be Brave in the Attempt
All the schools participating to track, leading a parade of banners for each of their schools, ending with a cheer proclaiming the motto of the Speical Olympics, "Let me win, but if I cannot, let me be brave in the attempt."
Over 650 athletes competed in assisted and non-assisted meters races in walking and running. The event also included hurdles, javelin throwing, t-ball, and the long jump. The events were divided among primary and secondary grades and boys and girls events.
Outside the "Olympic Village" there were a number of games to help in warming up for the main event. These included bottle bowling, water gun games, the ever popular parachute exercise and more.
2019 had the largest attendance ever, since bringing the Special Olympics to Butte County over 20 years ago. Athletes from over 70 classrooms and over 50 different schools across 3 counties were competing this year. This is an amazing event that Little Red Hen was proud to be part of, and we look forward to returning next year.