Webster Central School District Hosts
(Webster, New York, May 29, 2019) – For the second year, Webster Central School District will host Special Olympics New York’s annual Monroe County Public Schools Athletic Conference Spring Games, to be held on Thursday, June 6. All events include athletes from nine east side school districts (including Hillside Children's Center) and will take place at Webster Thomas High School’s outdoor track and field facilities, 800 Five Mile Line Road. Please note that Publishers Parkway will be completely closed from just west of the Willink Middle School entrance to the Webster Ice Arena/Gold’s Gym entrance. However, Publishers Parkway will remain open to two-way traffic from Hard Road to the Willink Middle School entrance and from Five Mile Line Road to the Webster Ice Arena/Gold’s Gym entrance. Hours of the road closure will be from 8:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on June 6.
Special Olympics’ Annual Track and Field Competition
The day’s events will kick off when the “Flame of Hope” (Special Olympics Torch) arrives, carried by east side Special Olympians and Webster Police Department (WPD) officers participating in the two-mile Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics New York. Runners are scheduled to arrive at the Webster Thomas High School track around 9:45 a.m. where all participants will make a ceremonial lap around the track as part of the day’s opening ceremonies.
All track and field events are open to the public. Spectators are asked to park at the Webster Ice Arena, 865 Publisher’s Parkway, directly across the street from the Webster Thomas High School Campus.
A map and detailed agenda for the day’s events can be found linked to this page. Following is the timing for the competition:
8:45-9:00 a.m. Volunteer Registration
9:00-9:30 a.m. Athlete Registration
9:45-10:15 a.m. Arrival of “Flame of Hope” Torch & Torch Bearers (~9:45 a.m.) Opening Ceremonies
10:25-10:35 a.m. 800M Race and 25M Young Athlete and MATP (Wheelchair) Races at Track
10:45-11:30 a.m. Session #1 Events
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Session #2 Events
12:15-1:00 p.m. Session #3 Events
1:00-1:15 p.m. 4x100M Team Relay Race
1:15 p.m. Athletes’ buses depart
About Special Olympics New York:
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community.
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop not only improved physical fitness, but also motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially and spiritually and, through their activities, exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but "their voices" as well.
CONTACTS: Krista Grose, Webster Central School District Public Relations Coordinator, 585-216-0013, Krista_Grose@webstercsd.org; Betsy Mihm, Special Olympics New York-Genesee Region Director of Program, 585-586-7400 x5107, firstname.lastname@example.org