Navy Seaman Demetrius D. Crawford, son of Valerie Crawford of Baxley, and Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) volunteered to assist in the Special Olympics Washington (SOWA) competition at the Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Wash.
The annual Southwest Spring Games event kicked off with a track and field competition, where Sailors supported the participating athletes by guiding and cheering them to the finish line. Volunteers are often the biggest contributors to the manpower requirements to put on events like this. Throughout the sporting events, Sailors were spread along the football and track field, filling in as time-keepers, award presenters, data entry personnel, announcers and judges.
Established in 1976, SOWA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. The Special Olympics are open for participation by disabled athletes ages eight and older. According to the Special Olympics website, the vision of Special Olympics is to help bring all persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. The Regional, three-day event has been hosted at Mount Tahoma High School for the last five years. All four regions in the state hold similar events and participants who place at the regional competition will go onto the state competition. Crawford is a 2007 graduate of Appling County High School of Baxley, Ga. For more news from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, visit www.public.navy.mil/airfor/cvn76 or visit the Official USS Ronald Reagan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ussronaldreagan.
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