On Friday, February 21, SHFA hosted the 4th Annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament where approximately 131 middle school age and young athletes competed in the tournament. Athletes from Dutch Fork Middle, Gilbert Middle, Beechwood Middle, Sandhills Primary and Elementary Schools, Francis Mack Intermediate, Lexington Middle, and Meadow Glen Middle were in attendance. The Varsity Softball team served as referees and scorekeepers while other student athletes that volunteer with Special Olympics throughout the year helped to make the event run smoothly. "I enjoyed seeing all of the smiles on the kid’s faces. It really touched my heart to see that they were having a good time, and overall, I’m just so thankful that I’m able to help them,” said Hannah Rivers, SHS Softball Team Member Lauren Knight is another student athlete that is active in her school and community and served as a volunteer for the second time this year. When asked to describe her experience with the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament she said the following, “Helping out with Special Olympics is always a fun experience! I ran the Wall Pass station and helped the athletes learn to pass a basketball to a target. Watching them get excited when they received their ribbons and cheering them on was the best part!” Countless hours of planning and preparation as well as heart and passion go into events such as this tournament and we’re so thankful to have Coach Marty Mack serve at the capacity that he does with Special Olympics and planning this tournament. “This was another successful event. Our students in Lexington 4 are so involved in Special Olympics and working with our students with intellectual disabilities. The hours of prep time and set up are so worth it when you see the joy and happiness on the faces of our area athletes,” said Marty Mack, SHFA & SHS Physical Education Teacher and Head Softball Coach. We can’t wait to see what amazing things our students and staff continue to do in Lexington 4 to support the Special Olympics and all its’ participants.