Pictured above is Mariah on the right and her long-time friend Michelle Pratt on the left.
When a team has competed as a unit for eight years, the athletes and their families develop an irreplaceable bond. "It's become a family of athletes and coaches," said Carol Owmby, mom to athlete Mariah in Cobb County.
After weekly basketball practices and scrimmages, Mariah's team is ready to join nearly 2,000 athletes competing in six sports January 24-26 at various locations in Cobb County. The sports are basketball, bowling, floor hockey, gymnastics, powerlifting and roller skating. Southeast Powerlifting will also be held the weekend of Winter Games, bringing more southern states to compete in Cobb County. Come cheer on Mariah's team and all of the athletes in just a few weeks.
About Wendy Bigham: Wendy Bigham is the senior public relations manager at Special Olympics Georgia and lives in Decatur, Ga.