Spring Games slated for Friday at PIMS

11 years ago

Spring Games slated for Friday at PIMS

    PRESQUE ISLE – The Special Olympics Aroostook County Area Management Team is pleased to announce that the 37th annual Spring Games will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Johnson Athletic Complex at Presque Isle Middle School.

    The opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend the day’s activities.
    More than 250 athletes from Houlton to Fort Kent are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will include competitions in the standing long jump, 100-meter run, softball throw and relay races.
    Every year, scores of coaches, parents, aides, school officials and athletes gather at the athletic complex for a day of competition, achievement and valiant efforts.
    “The Special Olympics motto says ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt,’” event chair Steve Richard said. “Our local Special Olympians spend all year preparing for the Spring Games and really look forward to that chance to gather together and compete with the crowds cheering them on. We’d like to encourage the community to come and join us – it’ll be an experience you never forget.”
    Richard said the area management team wouldn’t be able to pull off the Spring Games each year without the help of a host of local volunteers and sponsors. More than 150 volunteers will participate in the day’s events, including local National Honor Society students, the Maine State Police, and employees from long-time supporters MMG Insurance and WAGM-TV.
    For more information about the Spring Games, contact Gina LeBlanc-Eggert at 760-2458.