Tioga County Special Olympics
Saturday marked another Track and Field Day for Tioga County’s Special Olympics. This annual event has become a beloved tradition for communities across the county, and as usual, the track at Mansfield University was full of athletes and volunteers. Excitement, camaraderie, and the buzz of competition filled the area as participants and volunteers made their way from one event to the next.
Some of the events included: wheelchair races, walks, runs at various distances, softball throws, and long jumps. Collin Barrett shared that his favorite activities were the various walking events he had completed, while Sierra Root enjoyed her first place ribbon in the Run/Jump. When asked how fast he is, Michael Morgan replied, “Oh yea, I run 100 miles per hour.” So, the first place ribbon around his neck was no surprise!
Student volunteers Katrina Toth and Nick Kasper explained the role of a volunteer during Track and Field Day. “Pretty much we’re just their buddy for the day. We help them to their events. We cheer them along.” (Toth) “Just seeing all of the participants’ expressions, I love it. It makes me feel good at the end of the day. They’re happy. Makes me happy.” (Kasper)
Tioga County’s chapter of the Special Olympics provided another fantastic Track and Field Event this year! It was a wonderful day of fun and friendship. The Special Olympics is certainly a valuable resource for our area.
For more information about Tioga County’s Special Olympics, visit their website!
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