Spring Special Olympics

Hundreds gathered at Kenwood High School for the Greater Clarksville Area Special Olympics Spring Track & Field event.

Tonya Golden is Co-Director of this year's event, which brings athletes from Montgomery County, Stewart County, and Fort Campbell for a day of friendly competition.

“We are all one big group,” Golden said. “We have kids from elementary schools and high schools competing. We also have athletes from the Progressive Directions, Inc. adult program, the NIA Association, and some independent athletes competing as well.”

The Greater Clarksville Area Special Olympics program benefits hundreds of local athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities.

“We had about 320 athletes at our spring track and field event,” Golden said. “In the fall, we do bowling and Bocce ball, and then we hold our winter games at a state-wide event in Gatlinburg.”

“We host several events throughout the year. Today, competitors will be participating in the 100-meter dash, the 100-meter walk, standing long-jump, and running long-jump. We also had several wheelchair events. At other times during the year, our athletes compete in roller skating and basketball.”

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