Eight local athletes competed in the 2011 Special Olympics State Summer Games. Athens County was well represented in the bowling competition, by Atco’s bowling team. Local Olympic activities began on Thursday, June 23 at OU’s Peden Stadium with the annual Torch Run, carrying the Flame of Hope to Columbus for the opening ceremonies of the games on Friday. Garland Reynolds, coordinator and coach of the team, stated several of this year’s athletes have participated in previous years, and several have earned gold medals. This year our athletes cleaned up! Lee C., Marc S., Dawn D. and Stacy S. all received Gold Medals. Benji C. received a Silver Medal, and Jamie S. received a Bronze Medal. Dan S. and Debra T. both received 4th place ribbons.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ATHLETES—WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU ALL!!! And a special thanks to their coaches, Garland Reynolds, Barb North-Moss and Jeff Bierlein.