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Piggott, AR--Ron Smiley

City Rolls Out Red Carpet for Special Olympics

For the first time ever the Area 1 Special Olympics of Arkansas held an Individual Basketball Skills Competition.

Contestants competed in shooting, passing, and dribbling contests.  The event was broken down into age groups to ensure a level playing field.

While the contestants were the stars of the day it was the Piggott community which went the extra mile. Contestants were greeted with a standing ovation as they entered the gym louder than most basketball games.  Concessions were supplied by area businesses and students worked the stands like they were working a baseball game.

For many they were overjoyed with the response.  Senior Sarah Graves said she almost teared up with emotions at the kindness her class showed.  One contestant, Charles Isom, simply said, "I just love it."

This was the first year for this event and organizers hope to make it a yearly thing.  Several counties competed including Clay, Greene, Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp, and Fulton.  Organizers say they had at least 84 contestants signed up for the event.

 

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