Middle Georgia is just getting over near-freezing temperatures, but that didn't stop Houston County from holding its Summer Special Olympics this week.
Twenty-two schools, from the elementary to high school levels, participated in the event on Thursday and Friday at Bonaire Middle School.
"It means everything to the kids," said Rebecca Banks, local coordinator for Houston County Special Olympics. "They get to participate in sports just like any other kid gets to."
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The games are an outstanding way for both participants and volunteers to be uplifted.
"I have a sister who's special needs," said volunteer Jarred Wilcox. "Sometimes people will shun (special needs individuals) because they don't really understand what's going on. They're not comfortable with it. I come out here because I want them to understand some people understand what's going on with them. People won't always judge them. There (are) people that actually care about them."
The Special Olympics is coming up on its 45th anniversary. National competitions began in July 1968.