Area student-athletes to participate in Special Olympics

More than 250 student-athletes from Madison and Oneida counties are expected to participate in this year’s Special Olympics Autumn Games on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Canastota High School Athletic Complex, 102 Roberts St. The public is invited to watch the games. The rain date for the event is Oct. 3.

Events include track and field events, such as shot put, running long jump, standing long jump and distance races. There will also be adapted activities for athletes requiring additional assistance in competing. An Olympic Village with crafts and games for athletes and spectators will be open during the event.

“Whether you are a parent, guardian, educator, friend or spectator, this day will allow you to experience joy, excitement and pride in watching very special athletes demonstrate their skill and determination,” said Laurie Ann Ross, one of the event’s organizers. “We hope that many in the community will come out to support our Special Olympians. It will be a day that you will never forget.”

The Parade of Athletes around the track will begin at about 9:30 a.m., followed by Opening Ceremonies that will include welcome addresses, the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the Special Olympics oath. Competitions are expected to begin around 10:15 a.m.

School districts expected to send athletes to this year’s Autumn Games include: Camden, Canastota, Cazenovia, Chittenango, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, Oneida, Stockbridge Valley, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Madison-Oneida BOCES.

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