The podium stand is set up. The medals are ready. Let the games begin.
The seventh annual McMinnville Special Games is set for Saturday at Nunley Stadium. The adult events will begin at 10 a.m., while the kid events start at 1 p.m.
“We are very excited about all the community support these guys have been getting,” said Holly McBride, president of the McMinnville Special Games. “We would love for the public to come out and cheer on our special athletes.”
Participants can compete in a wide variety of events, including the softball throw, broad jump, 50-yard dash and wheelchair race. Athletes are highly competitive, working diligently for a chance to take home medals in their sport.
“Everyone wins at the Special Games, but they will compete for first, second and third in each division,” said McBride.
Other activities will be available to participants, highlighted by pony rides, mini golf, trampolines, face painting, a duck pond and a bouncy house. All concessions and activities are free to special needs participants and their families and caregivers. The competitions are open for special needs individuals ages 5 and up.
Volunteers are welcome to help with the McMinnville Special Games. A meeting will be held at WCMS at 8 a.m. Saturday before activities begin. For more information on volunteering, contact McBride at 931-808-8816.