Special Olympics returning after three-year absence


Special Olympics returns to Wood County for the first time since 2019.

The Pilot Club of Quitman, along with the Anchor Club, is hosting a sanctioned Special Olympics Track and Field event at the Quitman High School track (1101 E. Goode St.) on Friday, March 24.

The Opening Ceremony and Parade of Athletes will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the individual and team Olympic-style track and field events.  

The event is open to the public, and all are welcome to watch and cheer on the athletes. Attendees can park in the parking lot at the north end of the track behind the high school. 

There will be about 170 athletes competing in track and field events coordinated by the Pilot Club, Anchor Club and volunteers. Teams representing nine school districts across Northeast Texas are expected. Following the meet, a hamburger lunch will be served to all athletes and their coaches. 

Vanetta Plumlee, event chair said, “This day is always so joyful. I encourage anyone that needs their spirits lifted to come watch these athletes have the best time of their lives. You’ll have one of your best times too. Our club is very grateful to our generous and supportive community of businesses and individuals that sponsor our fundraising. Many of them will be there volunteering to make a special day for our athletes. This event is only possible because of them.”

Rain date for the event is March 31.