continued “This is a great opportunity for these kids to get out, have fun and show their abilities,” said Sean Condon, Burton Street PE teacher and Cazenovia team coordinator. Cazenovia has not participated in the M-O BOCES Special Olympics in many years, but when Condon received an email that the games were being prepared, “I decided to take it head-on. I wanted to give these kids the opportunity,” he said.
Condon refused to take all the credit, and said the Burton Street special education teachers, teaching assistants and numerous others helped him along the way. The Cazenovia team’s T-shirts also were printed and donated by local business Price T, owned by Nate Hoak.
“This is the first time in a long time we’ve gone and I’m really glad they did; it’s good for everybody,” said Cazenovia CSD Superintendent Bob Dubik. “I look forward to us participating every year.”
Event volunteers included M-O BOCES Career and Technical Education students from Engineering Science, Equine and Animal Science, Allied Health Partnership and the Student Leadership Group. M-O BOCES Early Childhood Education students set up and ran the Olympic Village, which had a variety of crafts and games for athletes and spectators to participate in between events.
For more information and photos, visit the Madison-Oneida BOCES website at moboces.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at email@example.com.