Letter to the Editor: Olympians appreciate communitys send-off

I would like to thank all the volunteers at the state and local levels who make the Special Olympics Summer Games possible. I know many people spend the weekend away from their families and loved ones.

I would also like to thank the London Police Department and all of the participating local businesses involved for such a wonderful send-off on June 27. The athletes were very taken by all the extra attention and loved the wonderful community support.

One more thank you goes out to the employees of Buckeye Ford for providing our program with a much needed quality vehicle to transport our athletes to and from this year’s games.

All in all, this year’s Games seemed to be more of a community affair than I can ever recall, and that is what is so special about Special Olympics.

I hope more individuals become involved in our county’s program. To learn more about the Madison County Special Olympics program, call 740-852-7050. To make a donation, send a check or money order to: Madison County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 88, London, Ohio 43140.

Lincoln Comer
MadisonCounty Special Olympics

Summer Games Results

Several Madison County Special Olympics athletes participated in the 2008 Ohio State Summer Games June 27-29 at The Ohio State University. The athletes are affiliated with the Madison County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The athletes’ results are as follows.

Unified Volleyball

Second place to Crawford County (who finished third in Atlanta, Ga., at the National Unified Volleyball Tournament)

Athletes: Terry McClain, Dakota Little, Jessica Wiggins, Bridgett Gray, Mike Ellis and Waymond Harris

Unified partners: Lincoln Comer, Libby Johnson and Alexis Evans

Bocce (two-person teams)

Carla Koesel and Tracey Inman—fifth

James Elliott and Dale Jones—fourth

Bryan Thompson and Teddy Busk—fourth

Brian Goff and Jeff Horn—fourth

Bocce (four-person teams)

Carla, Tracey, Bryan and Teddy—fourth

James, Dale, Brian and Jeff—second

Track

John Weeter—long jump, fourth; 100-meter run, third     

Thomas Cunningham—100-meter run, first; 200-meter run, third

Taz Hamilton—100-meter run, fourth; 200-meter run, third

Jay Large—100-meter walk, first; shot put, second

Rebecca Bell—400-meter walk, third; softball throw, third

Nick Dummitt—100-meter run, third; 200-meter run, fifth

Jamie Gordon—400-meter run, fourth; long jump, second

Shaundra Sayre—100-meter run, third; softball throw, third

Jon, Taz, Thomas and Nick—4×100 relay, sixth.

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