JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students from all over Region 8 put their best foot forward for the Arkansas Special Olympics Spring Games.
Despite the cloudy start to the event, athletes didn't let the weather stop their optimism from shining bright as they took on several competitions on the field and track.
Jonesboro High School student Diamond King was just one of the athletes participating and kicked the games off by taking part in the torch walk.
King said she enjoyed the torch walk and the softball games the most and was a little sad about Friday's event being her last one due to her upcoming graduation.
Several first responders and members of law enforcement were on hand volunteering at the event as well.
"As an officer, we come out here to show support to the athletes that support us so much," Jonesboro Police Department Detective Brian Arnold said. "People look at some of our athletes and think they can't do anything. They look at things they can't do, I look at things they can do."
Arnold said another great thing about the area games is that the money raised for Special Olympics events stays here in Arkansas.
Friday's event wasn't the end of the road for many of the athletes. Winners will advance to the summer games May 25-27 in Searcy.
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