Special Olympics kick-off in Hub City

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Saturday, September 19th, the Hub City Region of Special Olympics Mississippi will kick off their inaugural games at Hattiesburg High School’s Athletic Complex.

For 10 years, the Special Olympics have been absent from the Pine Belt. So this year’s games are extra exciting for the participants and community members who love the Special Olympics.

“We are excited to watch these athletes take the field…They have been practicing hard and are looking forward to the excitement of the games. We could not have done this without the support of the community,” Regional Director Katie Weeks said.

This year is also important to the family of Marley Taylor. The games will be played in in memory of Taylor, who passed away earlier this year. Taylor was just six years old.

“Although Marley wasn’t an athlete yet at the games, she is the true definition of the Special Olympics creed: ‘let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt’,” Marley’s mom, Nichole LeBreton said.

Those who attend the games are asked to wear a big hair bow, which was Taylor’s signature accessory.

Opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics will start at 9 a.m.

The games are expected to wrap up with closing awards at 2:30 p.m.

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