Cabarrus County Special Olympics

Wow! What an incredible day. From opening ceremonies to the end of the day we had a great time!!!! This was my first experience at a Special Olympics event and it was pretty special. Not just because Brandon won two gold medals and a silver medal. For many of you that have special needs kids or can appreciate it just the same, it’s a great feeling to walk around and not feel like all eyes are on your child, intentionally or unintentionally. To see people not be phased when a child pops up on your hip from out of nowhere and just wants a hug. To see people, more often than not strangers, give those hugs. I really appreciated the volunteers that came out to set up events, run events, be assigned to athletes and clean up. Many of the volunteers assigned to athletes were high school kids from area schools. Brandon was assigned to Addison Warden, a freshman at Hickory Ridge High School. Addison got to hang out with Brandon and even ended up chasing Brandon down as he took off with a different group of kids. He was very respectful and Brandon enjoyed his company. Thanks Addison!!!!!

Mrs Alexander’s fourth grade class came out to cheer on the Odell athletes. In the opening ceremonies WR Odell Athletes got the biggest cheer from the crowd thanks to these kids!!!
Jeremy had fun running around the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center grounds, it was hard to keep up with him sometimes. He enjoyed petting the Police K-9 officer Bowie that brought her partner Master Police Officer Atwell.
These good days sure do make up for the bad ones!!!!!!!


I am married to Wendy and dad to two boys Brandon and Jeremy with Juvenile Batten Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative childhood disorder. I am also active with the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

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2 comments on “Cabarrus County Special Olympics
  1. Addison Warden says:

    Brandon & Mr. & Mrs. Hawkins,
    I feel so bad that I havn’t kept up with you all! I think about you all a lot and still wear the wrist band you guys gave me 🙂 I was wondering if Brandon was going to be at special olympics again this year on April 29th. If so, I would love to catch up with him and you all again and pair up with Brandon because he’s my buddy! How is everyone doing?!

    • chawk328 says:

      Hey Addison! Thanks for the note! We are definitely planning on being at the Special Olympics again this year, last year Jeremy participated for the first time also. We are hanging in there, hope all is well with you!

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