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Lowndes High School awards letterman jackets to Special Olympics athletes

Posted at 4:29 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 19:07:57-05

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — For the first time, athletes from the Lowndes High School Special Olympics team received letter jackets.

On Thursday, December 3, letter jackets were awarded to athletes who met the Special Olympics letter criteria.

LHS Special Olympics athletes must compete in at least two events in two consecutive years to earn a letter jacket. Receiving a letter jacket to recognize athletes' accomplishments is a time-honored tradition and a source of pride for athletes as they represent their school.

LHS teachers Cheryl McCauley and Melissa Trolinger coach the Viking Special Olympics team.

“This was such an exciting day for our student-athletes,' said Trolinger. "They practice many hours in their sport(s) and always represent Lowndes High School with class and good sportsmanship at both the local and state level. Watching them get recognized for all of their hard work was definitely a proud moment for me as their coach and teacher.”

“Special Olympics is a rewarding experience for our students," McCauley said. "They enjoy the sporting events, long trips, and eating at restaurants while traveling. It is so much fun watching the students at the dances, Olympic town, competing in sports, and receiving their ribbons and medals. The joy on their faces while putting on the letter jackets at the ceremony was special to my heart.”

The Viking Special Olympics team competes in two local games each year as well as two state-level events.