South Hadley High School hosts Special Olympics

Hampshire County

South Hadley High School hosted more than 100 Special Olympians from more than a dozen western Massachusetts schools Friday.

This was the eighth year South Hadley schools hosted the Special Olympics School Day Games.

South Hadley student-athlete volunteers helped during the two hours of sports competition. The parents of the special Olympians told 22News what this event means to them and their children.

“This not only to Brailee but to all the kids who participate, it means the world to them,” said Shelly Gardner of Ware. “They don’t get out and do a lot of functions and they get a lot of acknowledgment of what they can do, and it just means the world to have this.”

There are several Special Olympic competitions held in the Pioneer Valley. In addition to South Hadley, the town of Monson has hosted regional competitors, and Umass has scheduled a Special Olympics event this summer.

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