FALCONER – Falconer Central Schools hosted their second annual Special Olympics on Monday showcasing the student’s athletic abilities, and recognizing the progress they’ve made this school year.
“In the wake of the global pandemic, the county level Special Olympics has been shut down for the last two years. So, the first year we did a parade to each one of our students’ homes, and then last year we did our first ever Special Olympics here for just our students. This year we continued it because it went over so well,” Julie Widen, director of Special Education and Student Support Services explained.
A parade of athletes kicked off the day with a police escort and Falconer Falcon mascot leading the way. Before competition began, Falconer’s own Mackenzie Smith performed the National Anthem.
“Today we’ve done running races, a softball throw and a long jump, and we finished up with relay races and bike races,” continued Widen.
Organizers say the Special Olympics is not only an excellent way for students to exercise, and let some energy out, it also acknowledges their accomplishments.
“It’s important because our students work so hard throughout the school year and it’s important to take time to celebrate their accomplishments,” Widen said.
The event ended with an award ceremony, where each student was congratulated on specific academic achievements and milestones they’ve made throughout this year and then awarded a gold trophy with their name displayed on it.
A picnic then rounded out the day, where athletes and their families relaxed and enjoyed some refreshments.