Madison County Special Olympics has selected 68 athletes/coaches to represent the organization at the 48th Annual Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games, to be held June 23-25 on The Ohio State University campus. The athletes are affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
This year’s roster includes (the sport listed, followed by the participants):
Track & Field: Nick Dummitt, Rebecca Bell, John Knapp, David Lambert, Hayden Thomas, Dominique Gonzalez, Hunter Price, Shawn Engle, Debbie Morris, Chad Burkes, Logan Green, Colton Meyer, Noah Meyer, Titus Smith, Marlyn Zeeck and Laura Cotton.
Bocce: Debbilyn Ewald, Gina Hamilton, Debbie Lee, Jeff Horn, Mindy Morris and Leah McCarter.
Unified Volleyball: Shawn Stewart, John Zeeck, Bryan Thompson, Lincoln Comer, Alexis Comer, Chris Zeeck, Nate Gonzalez, Jamie Todd, Logan Todd, Mike Elfrink, Mike Long, Nick Brown, Chris Fox, Waymond Harris, Jacey Hamilton, Jessie Thompson, Paul Hiles, Elijah Blair, Mia Comer, Allyson Derleth, Corrie Clifford, Courtney Salters, Michaela Williams and Kendra Fox.
Bowling: Charlie Gildow, Jeff McCarty, Mike Williams and Virginia Smalley.
Powerlifting: Kody Price, Bobby Higgins and Shaundra Sayre.
This year’s games will feature competition for more than 2,700 athletes from across the state. The program will include competition in 11 sports, a dance, a Columbus Clippers game, recreational clinics, “tent town,” the movie “Moana” and an Opening Ceremony which will be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The athletes of Madison County plan to start the weekend on Friday, June 23 as the Ceremonial Torch Run passes through London on its way to Ohio State’s campus. The Torch runners will stop at Cowling Park around noon that day for a brief photo opportunity then continue on to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The public is invited to greet the Torch runners and send off the athletes in style to this year’s Games.
Special Olympics is an international program of year-round training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults. Special Olympics Ohio serves more than 17,000 citizens with intellectual disabilities. It also has an event calendar that includes seven state-level championships and more than 125 local and area events in twenty-three Special Olympics fields.
If you would like to learn more about the Madison County Special Olympics program contact Lincoln Comer at 740-852-7052, ext. 1917.
To make donations, send a check or money order in care of: Madison County Special Olympics, 510 Elm St., London, OH 43140. All proceeds benefit local athletes.