Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 18, 2014

McDowell County Special Olympians victorious

WELCH — The McDowell County Special Olympics, under the direction of county coordinator Guy Sutphin, competed in the West Virginia State Special Olympics Track and Field and Bocce Events, June 6-8 in Charleston.

Eighteen athletes aged 9 to 64 and six coaches and volunteers attended with the group. Approximately 500 athletes from throughout West Virginia competed in the games at Laidley Field. Medals were given for first (gold), second (silver) and third (bronze) place and ribbons for the other places. McDowell athletes were awarded 48 medals and 10 place ribbons.

Patricia Smith and Ellis Tate carried the County banner in the “Parade of Counties.” The Opening ceremonies focused on the lighting of the torch to open the games and the athletes’ recitation of the motto: “Let me win. If I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Following Saturday’s competition and awards ceremony a dance was held for athletes. Sunday’s events concluded at noon.

Local donations by individuals, businesses and civic groups covered the expenses incurred with the travel, lodging and meals.

Coaches and volunteers attending were Guy and Linda Sutphin, Nate Smith, Carolyn Graves, Crystal Patric and Rebecca Odum. Athletes attending were Chester Baker, Jason Emerson, Jamie Murrell, Eric Williams, Billy Lambert, E.J. Pike, Talisa DeHart, Anissa Vincent,  Brittany Fowler, Ronald Dalton, Robert Hopkins, Ellis Tate, Patricia Smith, Rita and Freddie Puckett, Elie King and John and James Patrick.

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