Williamson County Special Olympics kick off today

Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5:50pm

The 19th annual Williamson County Special Olympics Spring Games kick off today at Brentwood High School.

The games will feature track-and-field events such as running, standing long jump, softball throw and team bocce ball. Registration and check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and the opening ceremonies start an hour later. 

The ceremony will feature a parade of the athletes; the Brentwood Police Department will help escort the torch to light the Eternal Flame of Hope.

Special Olympics Williamson County serves more than 250 athletes by offering year-round sports training and competition in Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Their aim is both to develop opportunities for physical fitness and to provide an outlet for the athletes to connect with each other, their families and the community.

Local and county events can lead athletes to advance to state and national competitions.

Two Tennessee athletes are set to participate at the National Special Olympics, held in July at the University of Nebraska. Teresa Dennis, of Fairview, will be competing in several track events, and Caroline Walker, of Brentwood, will be doing the same in aquatics.

Competition is scheduled to last from 9:45 a.m. until 2 p.m.