Fannin Co. Middle School was the sight for the 2018 Special Olympics on Wednesday as athletes young and old competed in a full court dash, a tennis ball throw and the long jump. The event, originally scheduled to take place on the high school football field was moved to the FCMS gym less than 24 hours the scheduled start time. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were in the forecast but thankfully for the athletes it never happened.
Without the hard work and dedication of 4 individuals the last minute move wouldn’t have went so effortlessly. Ms. Gini Bell(Director of Special Olympics-Fannin) and Fannin Middle School Administrators, Keith Nuckolls(Principle) and Assistant Principles Dr. Connie Huff and Tony Tichler, made the transition from outside to inside allowing everyone to focus on the athletes. The remainder of the FCMS teachers and Staff deserve a huge pat on the back as well. The normal school day was reworked including bringing each grade in at different times to cheer on the stars of the day. The cafeteria staff fed the everyday students on time while the athletes were fed by Chic-fil-a.
Now to the really important part of the day…the ATHLETES! From all over Fannin and Gilmer counties these athletes range from elementary students to senior citizens. There were smiles all around from the faces of the students, volunteers and of course the athletes. There were also tears. Tears from those that didn’t receive medals or compete to the level that their hearts told them they could. At the end of the day every athlete was full of excitement in knowing that they gave their all and most importantly…they had fun! The only real truth to take way from this event and in life is to know that no matter what happens, you are still a WINNER.