Hundreds of athletes compete in Mobile Area Special Olympics

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Hundreds of students and spectators gathered at St. Paul’s Episcopal School Friday for the annual Mobile Area Special Olympics.

Nearly 400 special needs students from 52 schools across Mobile County competed in dozens of track and field events. The events included relay races, wheelchair races, javelin, long jump, softball throw, among others.

“We put aside disabilities and we focus on what abilities they do have and we showcase those and let them show off all their talents,” said Event Chair Nick Caddell.

The athletes we spoke with say they look forward to the Special Olympics every year.

“Most kids get tons of sports opportunities growing up, but people with disabilities don’t always get the same opportunities, so that is what today is about,” said Caddell.

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