Berkshire County Special Olympics Athletics Day Return

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — After being canceled for the past two years, Berkshire County Special Olympics Track and Field Day returned Wednesday.

“It gives me goosebumps because we’re back,” said Sergeant Jake Gaylord of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s been two long years. It’s great to see the athletes here again.


What do you want to know

  • Berkshire County Special Olympics Athletics Day returned on Wednesday
  • The event had been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic
  • Hundreds of athletes competed in races, long jump and softball throw
  • Wednesday’s events were qualifiers for the statewide summer games in Boston next month.

Hundreds of athletes participated in running, long jump and softball throwing at Monument Mountain Regional High School, all cheered on by family and friends.

“My mom is here, my mom is mine and my brother’s biggest supporter,” Shannon Cowell said. “Even the cops in Pittsfield and wherever they’re from, they’re always great supporters, and they help us a lot too.”

“I’m totally excited,” said James Cowell, Shannon’s brother. “It’s good that they got him back this year. I was a little nervous, a little scared that they wouldn’t get it back.

Some athletes, like James Cowell, have been competing here for over a decade. The strong friendships he has forged over the years keep him coming back.

“My team will be cheering for me and I’m cheering for them,” Cowell said. “And sometimes if I’m depressed or nervous or something, they just say ‘you can do it!’ That’s why I like the team spirit.”

Wednesday’s events were qualifiers for the statewide summer games in Boston next month. Thanks to fundraising efforts spearheaded by Sergeant Gaylord, like the Western Massachusetts Law Enforcement Torch Run, local athletes and their families won’t have to pay to travel across the state. .

“We’re all one big family at the end of the day,” Gaylord said. “Law enforcement torch run, we are here for them. We’re here to help raise awareness and funds, so they can compete statewide without having to worry about a thing.

Denise W. Whigham