Going for Gold


COLUMBUS — Nine Meigs County Special Olympics athletes recently participated in the State Summer Games held at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The athletes received the following awards:

Michael Batton — Running Long Jump, Bronze Medal; 100 Meter Dash, 5th Place;

Matthew Beha — 50 Meter Dash, Bronze Medal; Shotput, Bronze Medal;

Eric Cranston — Shot Put, Gold Medal; Running Long Jump, Bronze Medal;

Sarah Harmon — Running Long Jump, 5th Place;

Jamal Lee — 100 Meter Dash, 6th Place; Shot Put, 4th Place;

Noah Miller — Shot Put, Gold Medal; 25 Meter Wheelchair Race, Gold Medal;

Hugh Roush — Shot Put, 4th Place;

Rose West — 100 Meter Dash, 4th Place; Shot Put, 5th Place;

Jim Withrow — Shot Put, Bronze Medal; 100 Meter Dash, 5th Place.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.

The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960s when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. Shortly thereafter, Ohio began a Special Olympics program under the name of the Ohio Athletic Association. Special Olympics Ohio became incorporated in 1975. Today, there are Special Olympics programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 150 different countries around the world.

Special Olympics Ohio has approximately 200 local member organizations and over 23,000 athletes who are in training and competition. These organizations originate from County Boards of DD, public schools, developmental centers, parks and recreation departments, churches and parent and community groups.

The Meigs team, “Meigs Magic” has approximately 35-40 athletes participating in the regional games each spring, with athletes chosen to compete at the state level following the regional games.

Funding for the games comes from individual and group donations and from support provided by the Meigs County Board of Developmental Disabilities. For more information about Special Olympics in Meigs County, please contact the Meigs County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 740-992-6681.

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(Top) The team trying to stay cool while watching athletes compete in the Shot Put events. (Bottom right) Noah Miller prepares for the 25 Meter Race. (Bottom left) Matt Beha takes part in the Shot Put Competition.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_Special-Olympics.jpg(Top) The team trying to stay cool while watching athletes compete in the Shot Put events. (Bottom right) Noah Miller prepares for the 25 Meter Race. (Bottom left) Matt Beha takes part in the Shot Put Competition.
Special Olympics athletes compete at State

Staff Report