Special Olympics 2019

Hundreds Participate in 9th Annual Special Olympics
Posted on 10/09/2019

More than 300 student-athletes from across the region ran, jumped and threw their way through this year’s Special Olympics Autumn Games, held Wednesday in Canastota.

The games, in their 9th year, featured a variety of track and field events, including shot put, softball toss, long jump, and running races as well as Adaptive Games for students with additional needs.

The event began with the traditional Parade of Athletes, led by the Canastota High School Marching Band and Color Guard. Students walked in by school delegation, listened to the Canastota Select Choir sing the National Anthem, and recited the Special Olympics Oath.

MOBOCES Education Coordinator Laurie Ann Ross, a longtime event organizer, joined Canastota Superintendent Shawn Bissetta in sharing welcome remarks, and Pastor Tony Paredes of South Bay Chapel led the invocation.

MOBOCES students from Alternative and Special Education programs competed in the event, and students and staff from both Alternative and Special Education and CTE served as volunteers, helping athletes navigate their events and supporting them throughout the day.

CTE Early Childhood Education students staffed the Olympic Village, which featured crafts and games for both athletes and volunteers to participate in between events. Canastota students also set up kickball, soccer and other activities around the athletic complex.