Special Olympics thanks volunteers, athletes

Thank you to everyone who made our Special Olympics track and field event a great success and fun for the athletes and volunteers.

More than 200 athletes participated from schools in Beaufort and Jasper counties. The event was held April 26 at Hilton Head Island High School Stadium.

Thanks to the many volunteers: St. Gregory the Great Knights of Columbus, Sun City Lions Club, Hampton Hall Community Foundation, Hilton Head and Bluffton high school JROTC and teacher cadets and the Bluffton Township Fire District. A very special thank you to Lt. Chaplain Janet Clarke and her Marine volunteers from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island who organized the event. We appreciate the many other individuals who also volunteered their time.

Thanks also to the businesses and organizations that provided funding, goods and services: Palmaccio Management/McDonald's, Tom Cramer's Home Services, Kinghorn Insurance/Hub International, The Bargain Box, St. Francis Thrift Shop and Children's Relief Fund.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Without the support of our community, this mission could not be fulfilled.

Cherie Taylor, BlufftonKathy Cramer, Hilton Head IslandSpecial Olympics Area 8 co-directors