Senior athletes Ashley Cleckler, Patricia Dean and Devonte Spigner led the torch run to start Thursday's Special Olympics at Clanton City Park.

Archived Story

Olympians take over City Park

Published 6:18pm Thursday, May 10, 2012

Athletes from across Chilton County participated Thursday in the 31st annual Chilton County Special Olympics.

Austin Brasher and Bethany Mims of Clanton Intermediate School led athletes in the Special Olympics Oath.

The games were held at Clanton City Park and started with a torch run led by senior olympians Ashley Cleckler, Patricia Dean and Devonte Spigner, all of Chilton County High School.

After the torch run, the parade of athletes followed as school teams were introduced one-by-one. Michelle Coppedge and Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver welcomed the athletes, their families and volunteers to the park.

After prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem (performed by Jemison High School’s Blue Regiment Marching Band), Clanton Intermediate School students Austin Brasher and Bethany Mims led everyone in the Special Olympics Oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

After that, Chilton County High School SGA members released balloons of every color to officially declare the 2012 games open.

Athletes competed in a variety of different sporting events, earning ribbons and medals along the way.

Print Friendly

Editor's Picks

Off-duty officer at right place, right time to help arrest armed robber

Thorsby Police officer Gaines Silas saw someone fleeing from the Dollar General off Seventh Street South in Clanton shortly before 9 p.m., and the off-duty ... Read more

Verbena football title trophy found, to be returned to school

“We’re excited about getting that trophy back to the school," Verbena Principal Kelvin Boulware said. Read more

Fair may have found a temporary home at Clanton City Park

Fair organizers moved the event away from its long-time location when it became a safety hazard for the adjacent Chilton County Airport. Read more