Special Olympics

by Josh Ault

Over four hundred athletes, from around East Texas, proved their abilities today at the annual Special Olympics in Lufkin.

Ella Battle, director, said, "We try to teach the athletes to do the best that they can and be brave in the attempt."

The excitement and energy of this year's games could be felt through Lufkin High School's Abe Martin Stadium.

Anthony Karnes, of Timpson, has been participating in the games since he was 7 (he is now 29).  Anthony's mom, Sue Cook, said, "I think it's good for him to compete, gives him a challenge."

Battle said, "If they don't get first place, they at least did the best of their ability."

The Special Olympics provide year round sports to more than 2.5 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 165 countries.