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Special Olympics: Athletes Show Sportsmanship Matters More Than Wins

By Alan Froman, ThisWeek, 03/13/19, 12:00PM CDT


Participating on the Special Olympics teams help boost the self-confidence and self-esteem of the students with special needs and offers a network of support from their teammates

Although the event Central Crossing High School held March 6 was listed as a basketball-skills competition, every participant was a winner.

The first Special Olympics Skills Competition between the basketball teams from Central Crossing, Franklin Heights and Grove City high schools ended with each athlete receiving a medal. The Special Olympics cheerleaders from Franklin Heights and Grove City also participated and received medals. The events included target pass, 10-meter dribble, speed dribble, three-point shots and spot shots. The Special Olympics program began in South-Western Schools during the 2013-14 school year at Central Crossing.