It was eight years ago when Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County was introduced to Britt Hall of Alpharetta. He is a Special Olympics Georgia athlete, Georgia Aquarium employee and avid Georgia sports fan. “The first sport I started competing in with Special Olympics was softball. I was with the Forsyth Golden Gloves, and we were a pretty good team,” says Britt, reflecting on his first state games.
Since then, the multi-sport athlete has competed in much more than softball. Britt has gone on to compete and excel in bocce, basketball, athletics, table tennis, volleyball and flag football during his Special Olympics Georgia career. Britt’s father, Jack Hall, says his son loves Special Olympics. “Athletics has always been one of his favorite sports to compete in. He likes the different competitions within athletics, especially the dash races. The 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash are really great to see him compete and grow in.”
Britt adds, “I like athletics, but I am excited for flag football this year. We are going to play just as well as the Falcons.” Each year, Britt and his teammates return to Emory University as the Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County Mean Machine, one of two flag football teams from Special Olympics Georgia Forsyth County. Despite the word “mean” being in their name, Britt assures us that their focus is not to be mean to their competitors. “We want to win the gold, but we want to be nice to the other teams and encourage them. They are our friends and have worked just as hard as we have for the state competitions,” Britt says.
While athletes are encouraged to try their very best and go for the gold, Special Olympics Georgia focuses on the lessons and ideals of sportsmanship and friendship during competitions. Jack says, “Special Olympics Georgia not only brings out the inner-athlete with many of these children and adults, but gives them the reassurance and sense of community to not look at their competitors as individuals they have to beat, but as friends.” “Britt has always been a good team player, but he is also very competitive. Special Olympics Georgia has helped him gain confidence as an athlete, while showing him how to cheer on his teammates and the opposing athletes.”
“I’ve learned a lot from being in Special Olympics Georgia. I think there is a lesson for everyone who competes, volunteers, or watches the Summer Games this year,” says Britt.