Grundy County sent its first team to compete in Special Olympics basketball on February 26, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Grundy Jackets, competing in Area 4, placed second in their division. The team, coached by Melanie Church and Lisa Phipps, exemplified the words of the Special Olympic Creed – “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The students were recognized at the March school board meeting. They each received a silver medal and a plaque. The coaches received a poster size photo for their classroom. Pictured are: top row (l to r) – Chad Winton, teacher; Jan Payne, administrative assistant; Misty Anderson, assistant; Melanie Church, teacher/coach; Kathy Campbell, assistant; and Judy Rymer, assistant. Middle row (l to r): Jessie Kinsey, Director of Schools; Lisa Phipps, teacher/coach; players Tyler Perry, Trevor Lawson, Sydney Scissom, Dakota Meeks, and Cory Bess; Donna Caldwell, assistant; and Karen Gilliam, Director of Special Education. Bottom row (l to r): Players Tayler Bell, JD O’Dear, Gavin Herrin, and James Patterson.