By Jose Lara Montenegro SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Syracuse Special Olympics were held at the Corcoran Athletics High School in Syracuse Thursday for the second consecutive year. Around 300 people participated in a variety of sports. The participants were from ages 4-12.
The event started around 9:00 a.m., with the introductory ceremony, where many participants were able to carry out a paper flame, to represent the Olympic torch. After the introduction, participants competed in the races, which included the 50-meter race and the 100-meter race. Other sports included were softball throw, shot put, long jump, and broad jump.
“It feels great, it’s really empowering to see the kids do something that the like, for them to showcase their talent and show how amazing they are with the sports,” said Madison Guy, who helped with the organization of the Special Olympics at the school. “They were really happy with the activity, seeing the smiles on their faces when they got the medals was really good and really nice.”
Many of the people that helped conduct the event were excited and say that the activity needs to happen there again during the next year. That has not been confirmed yet.
“I will really love to do it again,” said Adrian Dunlap, who helped this year for her first time.
The event lasted three hours. Combining the participants, people watching and helping, there were around 1,000 people at the event.