Westlake Special Olympics returns after two-year hiatus

The Rocky River Adult Center Choir performed at the 2015 Special Olympics.

The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in Special Olympics competition. Check in begins at 10 a.m. and the Opening Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.

The event is open to anyone ages 7 and older with special needs. Previous years' events included contestants ranging in age from 7 to 80. There will be seven track events: 25-meter wheelchair race (independent), 50-meter wheelchair race (independent), 25-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 50-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 25-meter independent walk, 25-meter walk and 50-meter dash. The field events will include: softball throw, standing long jump and wheelchair softball throw. Participants may pick up to four events to participate in, two track and two field.

Forms may be obtained from the Westlake Board of Education office at 24525 Hilliard Blvd. Deadline for entry is May 7. Any questions regarding the Special Olympics may be directed to Russ Milan at 440-777-2720 or LR24498@aol.com.

All are welcome to attend, so come on out and enjoy the day and cheer on these special athletes. The event is open to residents of all communities in northeast Ohio.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club. The Aktion Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis the same as a Key, Builders and Circle K Clubs.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.16.2019