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Special Olympics needs volunteers
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Newton County's Special Olympics are searching for volunteers for the annual spring games, to be held May 3-4 at Sharp Stadium.

Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. until after lunch each day. On May 3, elementary-aged students will perform track and field events and on May 4, middle, high and some adult athletes will be competing in the games. There will be the 50, 100 and 200-meter dash, soft ball throw, the standing and running long jump and for the physically challenged athletes there will be walking events, wheelchair races and Frisbee and softball throws. There will also be entertainment for students, including clowns, a petting zoo and representatives from the fire departments and law enforcement agencies.

The games will open Monday, May 2 with a parade around the square, followed by the running of the torch at Sharp Stadium. Citizens are urged to come to cheer on the athletes at both the parade and the games.

The Special Olympics operate solely on donations, grants and some funding from the United Way. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating to the Special Olympics can contact coordinator Paw Dew at (404) 791-3032 or at