8th Annual Special Olympics Autumn Games

8th Annual Special Olympics Autumn Games
Posted on 10/11/2018

The 8th Annual Special Olympics Autumn Games were held Wednesday at the Canastota High School.


More than 300 student-athletes competed in a series of events, including shot put, softball toss, the long jump, and several foot races. Adaptive Games were also set up for students not able to participate in those events.


 “This is the first year we haven’t had to be concerned about the weather,” said Education Coordinator Laurie Ann Ross, speaking about the sunshine and 80 degree October day. “It is perfect.”


The Games began with the Parade of Athletes making their way around the Canastota track, and then the competitors repeated the Special Olympics Oath. The Canastota Select Choir sang the National Anthem. Welcome remarks were given by Ross and Canastota Superintendent June Clarke.


Ribbons were awarded to athletes placing in the top of their event. Volunteers included MOBOCES Career and Technical Education students, local high school students, and MOBOCES Alternative and Special Programs students. MOBOCES Early Childhood Education students set up the Olympic Village, where athletes and spectators could take part in crafts and activities.