A few weeks ago, I covered a Special Olympics-type track meet in Georgetown, Texas. It reminded me that I’ve been covering these events, with joy, for many years. These photos were taken in February 1981 during the Special Olympics held in Cobb County, Georgia, a suburban area north of Atlanta. They were taken for my new employer at the time, the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The venues covered were basketball and downhill skiing, where an artificial surface was used for skiing. It’s still one of the most life-affirming things I document.