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Durham Academy hosts Special Olympics for 27th year

More than 400 athletes were running, jumping and beaming with pride as Durham Academy hosted the Durham County Special Olympics April 20. The Special Olympics Spring Games involve athletes with developmental disabilities who have trained for a minimum of eight weeks to compete in track and field and softball throwing and participate in play activities.

The event included an enthusiastic parade of athletes followed by the opening ceremonies and lighting of the Special Olympics torch. Participating athletes, all of whom are students in Durham Public Schools, ranged in age from five to 21. They were joined by more than 600 volunteers, including 400 DA Upper School students and faculty; the DA Middle School band; members of the Durham Police and Fire Departments; members of the Knights of Columbus; and the special athletes’ teachers and parents.
This is the 27th year Durham Academy has hosted Special Olympics. The school has been honored by the ARC of Durham County for its continuing commitment. The Upper School cancels classes for the day so that every student and teacher can be involved in Special Olympics.
Click here to read the Herald-Sun’s Special Olympics coverage. Click here to see Durham magazine’s photo gallery of the event. Visit the Upper School section of SmugMug to see additional photos.