It was a day of high achievement, great effort and blue ribbons Friday for hundreds of Nashville athletes as Special Olympics Nashville hosted track and field events at Father Ryan High School.
Last year's competition was wiped out by bad weather, so after a two-year wait, these kids were more than ready.
"I am the man," said athlete Ashton Threet, who backed up the bold talk with a blue ribbon.
The softball-throw is his event, so the Cane Ridge High School student kind of knew what was coming from the judges.
"Here are the winners from softball: Ashton Threet," a judge announced.
"I won a first place ribbon for softball, yes," Threet exclaimed.
Hugs and high-fives marked the day as kids who have real reasons to complain about life never do.
"They have been practicing for weeks for this," said Croft Middle School teacher Angie Fitzpatrick, who was on hand to cheer on her students.
This is easily Nashville's most emotional sporting event, where every year everyone is a champion.
Kudos as well to about 50 Father Ryan students. They're on Spring Break this week, but they spent their Friday volunteering at the Special Olympics.
For more on Special Olympics Nashville, visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Special-Olympics-Nashville/260891282091.
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