Provided by Joanna Fielder, New Hope Carolinas, Inc. Director of Education
With the coming of spring we all look forward to warm weather and time outdoors with friends. On April 10th, 2015, students from New Hope Carolinas had the opportunity to enjoy both as they participated in the Area 11 South Carolina Spring Special Olympic Games.
These local games, held annually since 1968, provide over 1,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sporting events such as races, standing long jump and softball throws. Through their training and participation, athletes forge friendships, gain self-confidence and discover new talents and abilities.
Our New Hope athletes had a fantastic time and took the gold in several events, bringing home a total of 15 medals. We were proud to cheer on our students as they put into practice the social and sportsmanship skills they have learned in the classroom and during Recreation Therapy. After the games, the students enjoyed a picnic lunch at Cherry Park and a quick stop at McDonald’s for a well-deserved cold treat. At the end of the day it was hard to tell which was brighter, the warm April sun or their smiles.