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Over 100 Athletes Compete in Watauga County Special Olympics PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 07 May 2009 09:01

A record number of athletes competed in Thursday’s Watauga County Special Olympics.


Karen Poteat and Stephen Poulos of the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department were instrumental in organizing the events.


The voice of the Appalachian State Mountaineers, David Jackson, welcomed over 100 athletes and coaches shortly after 10:00 Thursday morning as he served as the master of ceremonies for the event.


David Scott, the host of the High Country Homebuilder, which airs every Saturday morning from 8:00 – 10:00 on AM 1450 WATA, was joined by a group of volunteer singers that he called the “Special Olympics Quartet” as they sang the national anthem.  The pastor of Boone’s Cornerstone Summit church, Reggie Hunt, delivered the opening prayer.


Several officers with the Boone Police Department, as well as Sheriff Len Hagaman and representatives with the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office were on hand for the opening ceremony.


Most events were held at Watauga High’s Jack Groce Stadium, although some athletes were shuttled to the Watauga Swim Complex for water events.


Several current and former ASU athletes were also on hand to volunteer their time.


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