A crowd of beachgoers and spring breakers gathered at Pier Park to celebrate the end of the Alpha Tau Omega ‘Walk Hard' initiative to help raise money for the Special Olympics. The initiative started four year ago when a group of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers decide they wanted to do something different for spring break and help others in the community.
"Personally I wanted to do something over spring break that I felt like I was being productive with my time and I thought you know what better way to spend my spring break than doing something for a cause that bigger than myself," ATO member, Will Spivey said.
The ATO brothers endured some wear and tear on their bodies in the 100 plus mile journey from Troy, Alabama to the panhandle to help raise money for the Special Olympics athletes and after Mayor Gayle Oberst declared March 13th as Walk Hard Day in Panama City Beach, the bumps and bruises were quickly forgotten.
"It's real exciting to see young people who do good things for their community we don't hear a great deal about those kids...so to have a fraternity walk 150 miles to collect money and to raise awareness it is really something it says something about our young people," the Mayor said.