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More than 500 local youth and young adults will participate in the Newton County Special Olympics.

In Newton County, the athletes train and compete in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, bowling, roller skating, horseback riding, power lifting, golf, field and track, developmental sports and wheelchair activities.

The Special Olympics is a year-round sports training program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through the program, the participants develop physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence and a positive self image.

A parade will be held to kick off the week-long event at the Sharp Learning Center on Monday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. The parade will pass by the Newton County Administration building and the Covington square. The Opening Ceremonies will be held at Sharp field at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, May 1, the elementary-aged athletes will compete from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sharp field. On Wednesday, May 2, middle school and high school-aged athletes and those 21 or older will compete at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sharp field.

The Closing Ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 4 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Sharp Learning Center.

There will be entertainment for the athletes between events.

The event is still looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested, please contact Lynda Reagan at