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Special Olympics set Friday
The Blandford Elementary School Special Olympics team circles the South Effingham High School track during the 2017 Parade of Athletes. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — The tremendous sense of accomplishment of Special Olympians and the spectators’ emotional appreciation of their achievements will be on display at the Clarence Morgan Complex on Friday.

The Special Olympics will kick off in Josh Reddick Stadium with the Parade of Athletes at 10 a.m. The participants will march around the bases with their school teams.

 The competition, including soccer throws and wheelchair racing, will be spread among several nearby fields shortly after the parade ends.

The Clarence Morgan Complex will simultaneously host the Southeast Georgia Resource Fair and Family Fun Day.

“We’ve got several of our clubs from our two high schools that will have bounce houses, someone is going to do fake tattoos, we’ve got popcorn and we’ve got cornhole,” said Amy Ambrose, parent-mentor of the Effingham County Schools Department of Exceptional Students. “We’ve will have all kinds of games going on on one of the fields as well.”

The resource fair provides parents an opportunity to talk to multiple agencies in the community and find out what they provide to those with different abilities.