State Senator Bill Cook awarding a first place medal and rose.

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from writing about occupancy, visitors, business briefs and everything else that goes into the economic success of a community that is so successful in property management, and look at what makes it a community to begin with.

We had one of those days yesterday a the First Flight High School athletic field when the Dare County Special Olympics took the field. 

There seemed to be about 40 or 45 participants and a few hundred spectators. The weather was—well, not the best Outer Banks weather we’ve had. Overcast, cool, with a wind picking up from the north.

The weather, though, was just a backdrop to a remarkable day of community spirit. The participants ranged in age from about 10 or 11 to 72. The competition was spirited but beyond that there was a sense of companionship and camaraderie among the competitors that seen time and time again. That sense of companionship and camaraderie went beyond the winners platform and seemed to be a part of everything that was happening on the field.

A wonderful day and a great reminder that a giving spirit is an important part of who we are.