More than 400 athletes compete at Special Olympics Spring Games

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More than 400 athletes from across New Hanover County competed in the annual Special Olympics Spring Games at the Greene Track and Field Complex on the campus of UNCW on Wednesday.

Friends, families and more than 300 volunteers cheered on participants in various events throughout the day.

CFCC Coach Chris Libert, top right, pictured alongside a group of participants on Wednesday. Photo by Joe Catenacci
CFCC Coach Chris Libert, top right, pictured alongside a group of participants on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Chris Libert

“We have a program at Cape Fear Community College that works with the students…really just another form of a student-athlete. It’s such a great chance to see them perform in this environment,” said Cape Fear Community College Men’s Soccer Coach Chris Libert, who spent most of the afternoon visiting various athletes and cheering on participants.

“The courage and  excitement they bring is just astounding to see the heart of these champions. To see them on top of the world like this is just awesome. We need to work on getting even more events like this throughout the year.”

Libert will also be attending the Pender County Special Olympic Spring Games at Trask High School in Rocky Point on Friday.

Athletes from different schools and special needs facilities competed in the 25 meter, 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter races, in addition to long jump and wheelchair events, and softball and tennis ball throws.