By Sarrah Peters
On Friday, April 21, Gadsden City High School hosted the Etowah County Special Olympics.
At 9 a.m., players took to the field for the opening ceremony. To fit the “There is a Superhero in All of Us” theme, students wore superhero themed clothing and carried superhero themed signs. The Etowah County Sheriff’s Motor Unit drove onto the field leading runners carrying the torch. With the assistance of Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin, Gadsden City High School student Dillon Martin lit the cauldron. The GCHS JROTC presented the colors, while the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Hokes Bluff High School student Zane Wheeler sang the National Anthem.
“This is one of the best days we have in Etowah County,” said Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Miller, while welcoming everyone.
“I appreciate every athlete, every student we have here today,” said Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby. “Every one of you are winners. I want everyone to have fun today.”
Gadsden City Mayor Sherman Guyton amped up the crowd asking “who’s ready?!” He also thanked everyone that contributed to making the games happen.
Several awards and honors were presented, including honoring families of athletes that have passed away. Awards were also presented for decorations for the theme.
Before getting started, the students recited the Special Olympic Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
In total, 27 schools and organizations participated in the event. Students that qualify will go on to compete at the Alabama Special Olympics at Troy University on May 19-21.