Kiwanis At Kentucky 2011 Special Olympics

The Madison County Board of Realtors took and printed photos of Special Olympians at the 2011 Kentucky State Games. Amanda Stepp (left), a Kiwanian and a Realtor, printed the photos. Connie Lawson (right) posed using one of the backgrounds to illustrate the photos that were taken of the Special Olympians.

Richmond Kiwanians then assisted the Special Olympians in making decorative frames for their photo. These were one of the most sought after mementos of the 2011 Kentucky Special Olympics. Kiwanians working at in Olympic Town were (left to right) Vicki Damrel, Pete Remaley, Glynn Tucker, Ken Clawson, Ray Desloover, and Bobbi Clawson.

Justin, one of the Special Olympians took a "Ride" in Ray DeSloover's antique car which he put on display near the Kiwanis booth.

The day before Olympic Town opened, there was a general opening of the 2011 Kentucky Special Olympics in the Eastern Kentucky University ravine.

Samples of the types of events in which Special Olympians compteted were

a wide range of Track and Field events as well as Bocce.

Swimming competitions were also held at one of EKU's pools.

And of course, all of the participants were quite proud of the medals they won in their competition.

A variety of other booths were provided in Olympic Town

Instruction in Oral Hygiene was provided.

Volunteers from high schools were also on hand to provide service.

And there were several fun activities.

A variety of free food was available.

Coverage of the 2011 Kentucky Special Olympics

June 5, 2011
By Bill Robinson

RICHMOND - Before they take the field, Special Olympians take an oath, "Let me win. But, if I cannot win let me be brave in the attempt."

There were lots of brave attempts and successful finishes, including some gold medals won by local teams as the annual Kentucky Special Olympic Games took place Saturday at Eastern Kentucky University's Tom Samuels Track.

The Madison County team "won a ton of medals," including a silver in flag football, said Erin Moore of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department. "I think every member of our team won a medal in at least one event. I believe that's a first for us."

The team also won a gold and a silver in swimming, plus "all kinds of golds and silvers" in the track and field events.

Madison Central and Madison Southern each fielded its own team, with equally stellar results.

The Southern team, with five members, brought home two golds, two silvers and a bronze, said coordinator Lisa Johnson.

"It was a hot day," said Johnson, in her first year of coordinating the team, "but it was worth it to see our kid's wins and to see how much they enjoyed the event."

The eight-member Central team won two golds, two silvers and a bronze, said coordinator Audrey Hackworth.

The team was hopeful that David Fish, who finished first in the regional pentathlon, had medaled or perhaps won the state event. The places are determined by scores in five events and would not be announced until a dance scheduled for Saturday evening.

The day had been "rewarding" in many ways for all involved, Hackworth said.
She joined Moore and Johnson in heaping praise on EKU and the Madison County community for the support their teams and the state games had received.

Members of the local and state medical communities also supported the athletes by providing free vision, hearing and dental screenings as well as foot exams.

"Those are all important for everybody, but especially athletes," Moore said.
The Lions Club was providing eye glasses for those who needed them.

While there was excitement on the track, a festive atmosphere prevailed in the parking lot of Alumni Coliseum that was converted into "Olympic Town" for the day.

A group of Richmond churches had joined the Telford YMCA in providing free food, snacks and drinks for participants from a big pavilion.

Close by, Lee and Kim Murphy served up snow cones and pop corn on behalf of the Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross.

At the Madison County Board of Realtors' pavilion, Vonda Sipple and Amanda Stepp took and printed photos of athletes, who then visited the Richmond Kiwanis pavilion next door and created colorful frames for their photos.

The Girls Unlimited group of Madison Hills Christian Church offered free face painting, while Richmond Parks and Recreation lets athletes create heart-shaped sand-art pendants.
Other local groups and businesses also provides services and activities.

Members of the Kentucky law enforcement and military communities are among the Special Olympics greatest supporters.

Kentucky National Guard soldiers helped work every competitive event and law enforcement officers relayed the Olympic torch to Richmond for the games.

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 624-6622.

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