MOULTRIE -- The Special Olympics Spring Games that will be held in Colquitt County on Friday are, strictly speaking, for local athletes.

There will some 300 Colquitt County athletes who will take part in the annual Spring Games.

But the event also is open to other south Georgia athletes and Mitchell County and Albany also will be represented.

The Games will begin with the parade of athletes at Mack Tharpe Stadium at 9:30 a.m. and will close with the traditional victory dance at the Moultrie Youth Center.

In between, the athletes will compete in boccie, soccer, volleyball and softball.

Level A track and field wheelchair events will be held at the stadium.

Boccie continues to be a popular sport among south Georgia Special Athletes.

Some 27 teams will compete in the sport on the practice field behind the Program for Exception Children headquarters.

Several additional soccer teams have signed up for this year's competition. Eleven of those teams are from Colquitt County. Soccer competition will be held at the Moultrie YMCA.

Volleyball games will be going on most of the morning at the Tommy Meredith Gymnasium. Teams from Albany and Colquitt County will take part.

All the softball teams are from Colquitt County. Games will be played on the fields at the Jim Buck Goff Recreation Complex.

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