Last Sunday, May 17, 2015, Anna and I took our son Yianni to the Special Olympics Track and Field Summer Games at Milton Academy. The is the Cape Ann Fishermunn’s first year so we weren’t sure what to expect. In order to qualify to move on to the state competition an athlete must win at least one gold medal in an event. I was very excited and nervous as this was my first time at an event. The coaches and other parents were all talking about how the Special Olympics had changed in recent years and become more competitive. I guess all of us were nervous, except for the athletes. They were having a blast and enjoying the perfect sunny day, which is how it’s supposed to be. I love these Special Needs folks. They remind me to just relax and enjoy the day!
The day was mostly spent waiting for our turn to compete. The organizers did an amazing job with complex logistics. Our coaches, Shawn Williamson, Kathy Verga and Nicole Tucker, scattered across the field coaching athletes for their events and then coming back to our little home base to report the results.
In the end we, not only had nothing to be worried about, the team swept the field with medal. I am happy to report that All of our athletes took at least one gold medal, so we are all going to the State Special Olympic Games!! Out of 13 athletes competing in 34 events we brought home 23 Gold medals, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze and 7 ribbons!
We are ALL going to the Special Olympic Track and Field States at Harvard University...WaaHoo!!
We’d like to thank the GMG FOBs for coming out to the fundraisers at Passports. Thanks to Eric Lorden for having “TWO” fundraisers for us!