Southview to host local Special Olympics

More than 400 Special Olympic athletes from Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Defiance, Erie, Sandusky, Henry, Williams, Ottawa and Paulding counties will compete in the annual Area IV competition on Saturday, May 7, at Sylvania Southview High School. Admission is free and opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m.

Athletes will compete in divisions according to age, gender and ability. Track and field events range from races for wheelchair users to race-walking and running events, shot put, softball throw, and standing long jump. There will also be competition in volleyball, cycling and bocce.

This is a qualification meet for the state summer games in Columbus June 24 to 26.

The games have been named in honor of Jennifer Adams, the late coordinator of Special Olympics in Lucas County. Adams coordinated recreation for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities for 25 years. She also served as the Special Olympics regional director. She died in 2006.

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For more information contact: Kelley Watson at 419/380-5109 or Lon Mitchell at 419/380-4048.