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Special Olympics Help Bring Community Together

By Barry Lemoine, NOLA.Com, 04/15/19, 12:00PM CDT

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“We are grateful for the support of so many. It’s like we always say, a strong school system helps create a stronger community.”

There was unity, community, and great sportsmanship on full display when the St. Bernard Parish School Board hosted its annual Special Olympic Games at Chalmette High School’s Bobby Nuss Stadium. Nearly 180 athletes with special needs competed in a variety of track and field events this year, designed to share the joy, sportsmanship and empowerment that comes from friendly competition.

The morning began with a parade as athletes processed in to loud cheers from family, friends and fans. Local community leaders, businesses, and other governmental agencies joined the members of the School Board for the opening ceremony. After the National Anthem and a brief welcome from Superintendent Doris Voitier, it was time for the games to begin.