Guam – Hundreds of people turned out for the 36th Annual Special Olympics event at Okkodo High School Saturday.
Special Olympics is nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit and productive through sports training and competition.
Guam Homeland Security/ Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) was among the strong supporters of this year’s event.
“I take pride in knowing that I was part of a movement that provided these athletes with the opportunity to experience the excitement, joy and personal fulfillment associated with sport training and competition. Being here was rewarding,” says Homeland Security Advisor James T. McDonald.
Throughout the day, the staff from GHS/OCD provided the athletes from Juan Guerrero Elementary School with drinks and refreshments. Words of encouragement were shouted as the athletes paraded down the track.
“These kids are an inspiration. They go out there and give it their all,” added Acting Administrator Leo Espia.