Rain stays away as Special Olympians play

Elizabeth Mulhan of Middleburg Heights takes off in the standing long jump.

The sixth annual Westlake Special Olympics was held on Saturday, June 13. The event, a joint effort between the Westlake Kiwanis Club and Westlake City Schools, was a big success. This year's event saw a total of 42 athletes ranging in age from 8 years to 69 years of age competing in various events.

The event began with Geoff Palmer, Westlake Superintendent and also a Westlake Kiwanian, carrying the Olympic Torch leading the Special Olympic competitors in a parade around the Westlake High School track. The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club then sang the national anthem to begin the competition.

The day started off cool with a threat of rain but the sun came out and the competition heated up. Special Olympians jumped, ran and threw their way to medals. Everyone present enjoyed themselves as a good time was had by all. The competitors' smiles were only exceeded by the smiles of the Kiwanians putting on the event.

If you would like to join an active volunteer group – the Westlake Kiwanis – by giving back to your community on many worthwhile projects, please contact George Christ at 440-871-3980 or gchrist44140@yahoo.com.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

Read More on Community Events
Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.07.2015