Superheroes eye special day
Robbinsville will have more superheroes than a Marvel comic book when Graham County hosts the Far West Regional North Carolina Special Olympics Games on Friday.
"Our theme for this year is superheroes with the motto, 'Within every athlete lies the courage of a superhero,'" said Ramona Sosebee, one of the event organizers.
At least one participant will be an actual superhero. Heroes-4-Higher is sending Batman to Robbinsville. The caped crusader will encourage Graham County school children to be a hero against drugs and bullying. Batman’s presentation consists of teaching students and community members four empowering points:
• Never give up;
• Always do the right thing;
• Help other people;
• Never be a bully or touch drugs.
About 300 athletes from six counties – including 58 from Graham County – will participate in a fun-filled day of athletic events at the RHS track.
Opening ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with a torch run by local law enforcement officers.
Athletes age 8 to 73 will take part in athletic events, and play carnival-style games at booths operated by community sponsors.
"The community as a whole is very supportive in many ways, especially with sponsoring a booth, providing whatever is needed to help with games, food, donating items, et cetera," said Graham County schools special education director Kristy Cable. "Some businesses donate time, things we need, or money."
Concessions will be available to the public. Proceeds support the local Special Olympics program.
The public is encouraged to cheer on the athletes during their special day at the Robbinsville High School track.