May 19, 2007
Special Olympics athletes held a track meet Saturday morning at Albemarle High School.
More than 30 athletes competed in events like the 50-meter dash, shot put and long jump.
Coaches, parents and athletes alike say win or lose, it's all about the love of the game.
Doug Stowe is a longtime resident of Ruckersville and has been with the Special Olympics for 25 years.
“Getting out here, it's a nice day out here. Everybody's having a good time,” said Stowe.
“He loves to be with his friends, and I think that's probably the most important thing is that he's out here with his friends and he likes to compete, and whether he comes in first or second or third, it doesn't really matter,” said his mother, Adette Stowe.
His coach says that these games are more than a competition. They are a way for these special athletes to feel a sense of pride.
“It’s a blast. I mean it's a good group. We are really lucky that we have a great group of athletes and a super group of volunteers as well that make it a lot of fun,” said Special Olympics coach Bill Briesemeister.
After 25 years as an athlete, Doug says he's just having fun.
The winners of today's track meet will go on to compete this June at the statewide Special Olympic games in Richmond.