Hundreds of student-athletes compete in 2nd Baldwin County Spring Games
FAIHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – For the second year in a row, schools in Baldwin County hosted the Baldwin County Spring Games track and field competitions. With the Special Olympics still on hold due to COVID restrictions, the school system didn’t want students to miss out on the fun.
Family and friends cheered on competitors at Foley Middle School on Thursday, March 24, 2022. Each student faces their own challenges and trains hard to compete in the games. For teachers like Foley Middle School teacher Angie Harrison, these are proud times.
“It makes me feel wonderful and very happy that they are so excited to compete, just like other kids their age,” Harrison said.
At the end of each competition, the athletes took their places on the risers and received their rewards. The laughter and smiles were contagious as each student had their moment.
“It was so much fun seeing everyone here and stuff and seeing my friends just with me before the race and stuff,” said one Fairhope contestant.
“I won! Oh, that’s good,” said fellow athlete, Angel Stone.
Stone couldn’t contain his enthusiasm. His father, Justin and other parents were equally excited for their children and grateful for such an inclusive day.
“We’re just grateful that they put it on every year for them,” Justin Stone said. “It’s just one of those days where she goes out and does whatever she wants.”
“I am very proud. All the children are doing very well and I love coming,” added Martina Nichols.
The contestants weren’t the only kids who went. Many of their friends and classmates were also there to cheer them on.
“They’re really enjoying the day so far. It’s really good,” said Adam Rodier of Foley. “I love seeing everyone hanging out…making new friends.”
I’m really proud of everyone, I do their best and then we cheer them on, so I think that’s really good,” another Fairhope student said.
It was a day that no one will soon forget.
Students from the Foley, Fairhope, Spanish Fort and Elberta power models competed on Thursday. Robertsdale, Daphne, Bay Minette and Orange Beach will have their turn on Friday. A total of 400 student-athletes will have competed over the two days.
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