(Canastota, NY – Oct. 2012) About 150 athletes from Madison and Oneida counties are expected to participate in this year’s Special Olympics Autumn Games on Oct. 3 at Canastota High School, 102 Roberts St. The public is invited to watch the games. The rain date for the event is Oct. 4.
Events this year 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.
“This extraordinary local event will allow the public to experience the excitement and joy that this special day will bring to our talented athletes,” said Laurie Ann Ross, assistant director for alternative education at Madison-Oneida BOCES and a volunteer organizer for the Autumn Games.
The Parade of Athletes will begin at about 9:30 a.m., followed by Opening Ceremonies that will include welcome addresses, the Pledge of Allegiance and 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, Chittenango, Hamilton, Madison, Morrisville-Eaton, Oneida, Stockbridge Valley, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Madison-Oneida BOCES.
Community members may contact Laurie Ann Ross, 361-8404, with questions.