Special Olympics Ohio - 2013 State Summer Games (June 28-30, 2013)

A group photo of the athletes and coaches.
The Board’s Special Olympics Blue Streaks sent 25 athletes and 10 + chaperones to Ohio State University for this year’s annual State Summer Games. The weather was “warm” as usual with a little more rain at night, so for those of us staying in the dorms, we managed with our fans. The athletes were able to compete in a variety of sports (listed below), participated in the Opening Ceremonies , which included a parade of all participating teams with mounted police escort, and the lighting of the Special Olympics torch. During down time, athletes were able to enjoy Tent Town and a host of games and prizes, go shopping at the gift store, visit the petting zoo, eat popcorn and snow cones (a favorite of all) and enjoy a pizza party on Saturday night! A special thanks goes out to the following Board employees and volunteers who gave up their weekend to make it so MEMORABLE for the athletes: Linda Wheaton, Marcie Schaaf, Karen Hill, Sandy Osdyke, Clarence Williams, Gail McAlister, Connie Tarver, Trish Wade, Marlene Schroeder, Pam Krcmar, Diana Harrod, and Rebecca McKenzie. That’s what it’s all about!


Dog tired from carrying 28 medals home! Congratulations blue streaks!!!Bocce (Doubles):
  • Jean Allen and Michelle Reed- Silver
  • Jim Folan and Richard Wood- Bronze
  • Eric Curry- Silver
  • Jerry Dowling- Bronze
  • Destry Harper- 4th Place
  • Kevin Wilson- Gold
Track relay!! 
  • Becky Baldwin- 3 Gold
  • Mike Hegstead- 3 Bronze
  • Michael Mohan- 4th, 4th, 5th place
  • Donny Shardy- Silver, Silver, 4th
Track and Field:
  • Miranda Ailes- Relay: Silver, 400-meter dash: Bronze, Shot put: Bronze
  • Adam Gilmore- Relay: Silver, Shot put: Silver, 100-meter dash: Gold
  • Allison Hill- 30-meter motorized slalom: Silver, Softball Throw: Silver
  • Mason Lease- Relay: Silver, Shot put: Bronze, 100-meter dash: Silver
  • Joe Persavich- Relay: Silver, Standing Long Jump: Gold, 100-meter dash: Bronze
  • Danielle Wadkins- Shot put: Silver, 50-meter dash: 4th place
Unified Soccer:
  • Tyler Furness, Craig Hughes, Justin Kowalski, Jake Martell, and Shelby Martell: Bronze
Medal Count for 2013:
Gold- 6, Silver- 14, Bronze- 10

Let's go team!     The relay team!!    Opening ceremonies     The crew to walk the parade!!

Third place- shot put     Jerry- ready to bowl!    Gold! Long jump!!     100 meter- gold!

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Congratulations to all of the Blue Steaks athletes!