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Special Olympics
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“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
~ Motto of the Special Olympics

If someone were to ask you in a trivia quiz if Newton County has ever hosted the Olympics, your answer probably would be no. But you would be wrong.

Every year in Newton County at this time of year, the Special Olympics is held.

This annual event features athletes, both children and adults, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This year’s event is being held in honor of Andre Troche, a special second grader who passed away April 15.

The week of Special Olympics began on Monday and will continue until Friday, with closing ceremonies scheduled at the Church of Covington on Azalea Drive. For more details on events and times, visit

If you have never been involved in Special Olympics as a coach or a hugger, we might suggest that you do so.

Just a few minutes with these athletes will boost your spirits and make you want to cry and smile at the same time.

In Special Olympics, there are no losers and there is no guile. There is just love and determination.

We salute our Special Olympians; each of you makes us proud.