Friday, May 4, 2012

Sheriff’s Command Staff Join Special Olympics Spring Games

Upper Marlboro, MD… Sheriff Melvin C. High, Chief Assistant Sheriff Darrin Palmer and Sheriff’s Office Senior Command Staff celebrated Special Olympians yesterday, joining them for the Special Olympics Maryland’s Annual Prince George’s County Spring Games at the Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, MD.

The Games provide sports training and athletic competition for persons eight years of age or older, who have intellectual disabilities. With the Games, athletes have an opportunity to develop physical fitness and to experience the fun of friendly competition.
Several hundred athletes from Prince George’s County took part in a variety of Olympic-styled sporting events, including the broad jump and relay races.

Hyattsville City Police Chief Doug Holland, the point person for the Prince George’s County Games said, “I never tire of seeing how much fun our Special Olympic athletes have when they’re competing. With the continued support from businesses, county agencies, and the community, we always have an outstanding day of fun.”

Sheriff High said, “Special Olympics are one of the annual events I’ve come to look forward to. The Olympians are energized by activity and competition. They so enjoy the support of the community and we love being there to cheer them to victory.”

In January, members from the Sheriff’s Office participated in the 16th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park, where the Office was able to raise over $1,000.00 for the Special Olympics in just the first 48 hours.

For additional information, contact the Prince George's County Sheriff's Press Information Office at 301-780-2773.


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