SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - The 34th annual Lee County Special Olympics Track and Field events were held Wednesday, April 13 at Smiths Station High School.
Hundreds of athletes, their families, friends and fans packed the Track and Field event.
The crowd went wild as Smith Station's Antonio Baker refused to give up until he crossed the finish line. The race was long and his arms got tired while propelling his wheelchair forward, but his heart never gave up.
There is no doubt this athlete finished first in the hearts of his fans.
"Yes! I am a winner. I had so much fun," said Baker after the race.
"Antonio really enjoys the Special Olympics," said Baker's mom Princess. "It gives him the opportunity to do his best and have a lot of fun with the events. Oh, I am so proud of him."
A great crowd packed the stands to cheer on athletes from schools all over Lee and Macon counties. The athletes have worked hard all year, with support of school coaches and teachers.
"They are so excited they have so much energy and they have worked so hard to be here today, so it's really just exciting to be out here," said Ashley Brown, a teacher in Auburn.
The event has grown each year, so it's impossible to pass out all of the ribbons and medals the day of the event.
But that's okay, because it just extends the excitement and fun when athletes are rewarded during special assemblies held at their schools.
Additionally, some will learn at the after event celebrations that they qualify for the Alabama State Special Olympics, which will be held in May at Troy University.
We wish them all luck!!!