A 2015 Hilliard Darby High School graduate will be among 230 American athletes competing March 14 to 21 in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Jabari Wilson, 22, will compete in track and field and was qualified for the games based on his performance in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, said John Wilson, his father.
When he was 8 years old, Jabari Wilson became interested in Northwest Special Olympics and began participating in individual-skills basketball and softball and later track-and-field events, John Wilson said.
He won gold medals at the 2018 USA Games in the pentathlon, a five-event medley that includes the 100-meter run, running long jump, shot put, 400-meter run and a 400-meter relay, John Wilson said.
While at Darby, Jabari Wilson was a member of the track team and the football team.
He will travel with the other American athletes, including Garrett Ford of Pataskala, to Newark, New Jersey, and then to Abu Dhabi about a week before the start of the games, John Wilson said.
His parents and sister will travel later to watch him and the other athletes compete, his father said.
Read more about this story in the Feb. 28 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.