By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Mingo County students who will be participating in the Special Olympics today will be sporting new athletic shoes and shorts that were purchased by a local organization that has proven its heart is in the right place and that they care about those in need in the community.
The “Williamson BB&T Lighthouse Project” donated more than 20 pairs of new top-of-the-line athletic shoes and shorts for all Special Olympians, in hopes that their contribution will brighten the day of special needs students who get to be the “star of the show.”
According to BB&T Williamson Branch Manager Travis Booten, the shoes and athletic gear were purchased locally at the Hibbett’s Sports store in the Southside Mall after the sizes of all the students were obtained. The civic-minded group is hopeful that the gift of shoes and shorts will bring a smile to the face of all the competitors, and they want them to know that in their eyes, “they are all winners.”
The Mingo County Special Olympics will be held today between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Burch Middle School.