LHS Awards Letter Jackets to Special Olympics Athletes
For the first time, athletes from the Lowndes High School Special Olympics team received letter jackets on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Letter jackets were awarded to deserving athletes who have met the letter criteria for Special Olympics. 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 the accomplishments of athletes 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. When asked about the letter jacket ceremony, Coach Trolinger said, “This was such an exciting day for our student-athletes! 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!” Coach McCauley shared similar thoughts, “Special Olympics is a rewarding experience for our students. 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 puts in much hard work practicing for many hours to compete in their respective events. The team competes in two local games each year as well as two state-level events. Lowndes High School is proud to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these athletes as they represent LHS in Valdosta and across the state of Georgia.