London hosts second CBC Cup

Representatives from the 12 schools in the Central Buckeye Conference took part in the CBC Cup held May 6 at London High School, starting with the National Anthem and ending with a group photo.

(Posted May 10, 2022)

Photos by Pat Donahue, Staff Photographer

On May 6, special education athletes representing the Central Buckeye Conference’s 12 schools gathered at London High School to compete in the CBC Cup. This is the second year for the competition. It began in 2019 but was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

London High School freshman Mason Hammond (right) takes part in the Bean Bag Toss at the CBC Cup held May 6 at London High School. By his side is his peer coach/buddy, senior John Schooley (left). At the end of the event, Hammond received the Sportsmanship Award for London.

For the CBC Cup, special education athletes partner with other students who serve as their “buddies” or “coaches” throughout the day. With their peers assisting them, each of the athletes competes in up to three events: 100-meter dash, hotshot, homerun derby, Frisbee toss, soccer goal kick, bean bag toss, or football target toss.

Due to rain, this year’s event took place in the gym at the high school. (In 2019, it took place on Bowlus Field at the London City Schools athletic complex.) During opening ceremonies, the athletes were introduced with Olympics-like fanfare. After competing in the morning and breaking for lunch together, they gathered for awards and closing ceremonies.

The 12 member schools of the CBC are Bellefontaine, Benjamin Logan, Graham, Indian Lake, Jonathan Alder, Kenton Ridge, London, North Union, Northwestern, Shawnee, Tecumseh and Urbana.

With London High School junior Sean Johns lending support as a peer coach/buddy, junior Kyle White fires off a shot in the Soccer Kick event.
London Athletic Director Jim Wolverton (right) presents London freshman Mason Hammond with the team’s Sportsmanship Award.
London athletes take center court to receive their awards for competing in the second CBC Cup.
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