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District Special Olympics hosts 91 student athletes

More than 90 Robertson County Schools Special Education students participated in the 2015 fall Special Olympic at the Holder Family Fun Center in Hendersonville on Friday, Oct. 2.  Adult athletes from HATS in Springfield also were involved in the competition.


Thirty-seven student volunteers from district high schools assisted the athletes as well as teachers, educational assistants, and family.  According to one of the event organizers, Mitzi Burton, the day was another huge success in the event’s more than 25-year history.



“We are blessed to have so many teachers that support our desire to offer the thrill of competition to their students as well as the opportunity to make new friends from other schools,” said Burton. 



“We are also blessed to have parents turn out in folds to support not only their child but to cheer on all the athletes participating.  It takes us all to make this a meaningful experience for our student and adult athletes.” 



Burton said that over the years athletes have participated in track and field, bowling, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, soccer, roller-skating, volleyball and team handball.  Some of these events are no longer offered at the state level so at this time the track and field, and bowling competitions are provided at the local level. 



Thanks to Springfield Civitan, Area 24 has been able to help on a monetary level so that schools/athletes do not have to pay, or only pay a minimal fee in order to participate in Special Olympic events locally and at the State level.  Springfield Civitan adopted Area 24 Special Olympics 3 years ago and have donated a portion of their proceeds over the last 3 years from a Fish Fry held at Larry's and a Golf Tournament held at The Legacy each year.  Their support has made a huge difference in the long-term outlook for growth for Area 24!


A new sport, Bocce, will be introduced at the spring track and field event and Burton says they are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer swimming again, starting this year, in Robertson County thanks to the YMCA.  For a student athlete to participate at the local level they must be age 8 and to participate at the state level they must be age 10.



“As we strive to grow our program and offer more sports such as traditional basketball and tennis, we are always in need of volunteers to help at our events and to help coach,” said Burton.  “Our teachers just simply can't fit much more into their day than they are at this point.” 



If you are interested in volunteering or coaching, please contact Lester Woodard, the Area Director, at  You may also contact Mitzi Burton at







Posted: 10/05/15