Cheers and excitement radiated from Starke, Florida, on December 9 when friends and family gathered around to watch 65 athletes compete for the chance at first place. The Bradford County School Board and Special Olympics Florida – Bradford County hosted their second annual School Roster track and field meet at Bradford High School. From 25-meter assisted walk to 100-meter relay, brave athletes pushed to do their best in every event they attempted.
These 65 athletes practiced for 10 weeks leading up to the track and field meet to ensure that they were able to perform to the best of their ability in all six events. Fully supported and organized by the Bradford County School Board, the athletes came from six different schools in Bradford County, including elementary, middle, and high schools.
From opening ceremonies to the award ceremony, the community came together to watch the action. Bradford High School cheerleaders cheered on the athletes, Bradford High School ROTC displayed the flag during opening ceremonies, and even Bradford County Sheriff’s Office came out to support! Special Olympics Florida brings such joy to everyone who gets involved. This event was a testament, and the smile on everyone’s faces proved it.
Written by: Michelle Buemer, County Director, Special Olympics Florida – Bradford County