BONIFAY – Holmes County School District recently hosted the Special Olympics at the Bonifay Recreation Center on May 11.

Students from most schools in the district came to compete in various events such as: 100 meter run, 50 meter dash, shot put, and running long jump. There were also many different games for a field day event.

This is the third year the district has held the games and organizer Emily McCann says she just wants everyone to be happy with the experience.

“As long as all the athletes are happy when they get here, happy while they are here and happy when they leave, it will have been a success,” said McCann.

One athlete, Eli Jordan, began the ceremony with the Special Olympics oath.

“Let me win, and if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,” Jordan said.

School Board Chairwoman Shirley Owens spoke of her pride for the district and the athletes.

“I am just so excited to see Holmes County Sponsor this event again this year,” said Owens. “I am so proud of what our special

friends do and their future. There is nothing better than to see their smile,to see them laugh with their peers, to get hugs and thank you’s, or to see how proud they are to receive a

Special Olympic Medal.”