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Special Olympics volleyball tournament held at Rock Hill

By Tim Gearhart / For The Tribune

There was a lot of energy, smiles and action in the Rock Hill Middle School gymnasium Wednesday and Thursday as more than 500 students, parents and volunteers participated in the 2019 Special Olympics volleyball tournament.

Schools from throughout Lawrence County sent teams to the event, sponsored by the Lawrence County Special Olympics committee, and hosted by RHMS. Wednesday’s action featured competition between middle schools and high schools, including students from the Open Door School and the Person Centered Services program. Thursday’s competition saw elementary school teams in action.

Michele Delawder, who coaches Rock Hill’s varsity volleyball program, said there were dozens of sponsors who provided the resources necessary to carry out the event and to provide lunch for the students. Andy Armadillo, the Texas Roadhouse mascot, was on hand for hugs and dancing.

Theresa Arden coordinated the event.

And nearly everyone had a T-shirt with the event’s theme: Let Me Win or Let Me Be Brave.

Volleyball is but one of four Special Olympics events held each year. Yet to come is a competition in bowling, basketball and track and field.

Winners of the double-elimination contest were:
Elementary schools: Rock Hill 1, first; Chesapeake, second; Rock Hill 2, third.
Middle schools: Rock Hill 1, first; Ironton, second; Chesapeake Purple, third.
High schools: Rock Hill, first; PCS, second; Ironton, third.