Olympians Honored

Scioto County Special Olympics Coach Rita Arthur presents Jerry Coyle with the Adult Athlete of the Year Award. Jerry plays multiple sports and is known for his sportsmanship both on and off the field.

Scioto County Special Olympics Coach Rita Arthur presents Gabrielle Collins with the Student Athlete of the Year Award. Gabrielle plays multiple sports throughout the year. Her sportsmanship and dedication to the team earned her special recognition.

Over 75 trophies were presented to the 2015-2016 Special Olympics participants

The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities ended their 2015-2016 Special Olympics season with a celebration on May 6.

The athletes and their families gathered in the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center for an awards ceremony and a banquet honoring their accomplishments.

Throughout the year, over 75 children and adults participated in a variety of sporting events.

From the annual walkathon fundraiser, to the various track and field days, one thing is true, the participants gave it their all and had a ball doing so.

“Every athlete that participates in Special Olympics represents a life that has been made fuller and a family that gets to celebrate in the accomplishment,” said Julie Monroe, superintendent of Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “I am proud that Scioto County supports a program that brings so much joy into the lives of so many.”

During the celebration, the Olympians and their families enjoyed a meal provided by IGA and conversed with their friends for the first time since school let out for the summer.

Lori McNelly, community relations coordinator, put together a highlight reel of photos and videos taken throughout the season, allowing the participants to relive the season and recall the fun memories made at each event.

“They’re truly athletes. They give it their all in everything they do and they take it as seriously as any other team out there,” said Coach Rita Arthur. “We go out there and participate throughout the county. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had.”

Arthur presented the participants with trophies, each one put their arms around her neck and thanked her for the season, beaming as they received their trophies.

The night came to a close with remarks from superintendent Monroe addressed the participants and their families for all their hard work and dedication.

“We’re looking forward to see what the 2016-2017 has in store,” said Monroe, “I know it’s going to be great.”