Tennessee Olympian Payton Davis Jumps to Nationals

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JACKSON, Tenn. — One of the most decorated young men in Tennessee is on his way to represent his state in New Jersey this June in the National Special Olympics. Payton Davis said jumping the long jump is his thing. He says he likes jumping and especially getting ribbons. Tabitha Davis married Payton’s dad a few years back, and says life with the Special Olympian has completely changed her. “They overcome things that we take for granted every day that we’re able to do, and they still compete and they still win,” said Tabitha. Payton’s intellectual disability doesn’t hold him back at all, and he has the hardware to prove it. As a family, they’ve worked together to train and get ready for competitions. “It’s something we can all be a part of and contribute. it’s good for the community, and it’s good for the kids,” explained Payton’s dad Justin Davis. All that hard work has paid off. “We’re just hoping that we get to see him in New Jersey on the podium and then go to World’s – that’s what we’re hoping for,” said Tabitha. Going for the gold isn’t his only dream, though. The Olympian has plans for getting his license and his first pickup truck. “a big black Chevy truck,” said Payton. He also competes in the 50-meter sprint, standing long jump, softball throw, and 100-meter power walk. Payton will be competing at the state competition in Nashville, and then is heading to Nationals in Princeton, New Jersey in June. They only happen once every four years. To find out more about the Special Olympics, visit their website: www.specialolympics.org To support Payton and his team, go to: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/bradleypayton-davis

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