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Power, perseverance, positivity: Let the Games begin!

Special Olympics athletes from Veterans Memorial Middle School pass by crowds cheering them on Monday during a parade in Covington before the opening ceremonies of the games. This year’s theme is “Power, Perseverance, Positivity.” Games will take place throughout the week at Homer Sharp Stadium with closing ceremonies scheduled for Friday. (Special photo)

Special Olympics athletes from Veterans Memorial Middle School pass by crowds cheering them on Monday during a parade in Covington before the opening ceremonies of the games. This year’s theme is “Power, Perseverance, Positivity.” Games will take place throughout the week at Homer Sharp Stadium with closing ceremonies scheduled for Friday. (Special photo)

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As a demonstration of its support for the Special Olympics, the Covington Police Department’s Police Who Care Organization donated $2,000 to the Newton County Special Olympics. Pictured here along with Special Olympics athletes are, from left, CPD Capt. Craig Treadwell, Lt. Mike Tinsley, Capt. Ken Malcom, Latrelle Cawthon, Special Olympics Coordinator for Newton County, and Assistant Police Chief Almond Turner. (Special photo)

Special Olympics athletes from Veterans Memorial Middle School pass by crowds cheering them on Monday during a parade in Covington before the opening ceremonies of the games. This year’s theme is “Power, Perseverance, Positivity.” Games will take place throughout the week at Homer Sharp Stadium with closing ceremonies scheduled for Friday. (Special photo)

As a demonstration of its support for the Special Olympics, the Covington Police Department’s Police Who Care Organization donated $2,000 to the Newton County Special Olympics. Pictured here along with Special Olympics athletes are, from left, CPD Capt. Craig Treadwell, Lt. Mike Tinsley, Capt. Ken Malcom, Latrelle Cawthon, Special Olympics Coordinator for Newton County, and Assistant Police Chief Almond Turner. (Special photo)

From staff reports