CANASTOTA – Hundreds of athletes from Madison and Oneida counties were at Canastota High School on Wednesday for the annual Special Olympics Autumn Games.
An opening ceremony and “Parade of Athletes” kicked off the day, followed by track and field events that included softball throw, shot put, long jump, distance races and adaptive games.
Hundreds of students from local school districts and Madison-Oneida BOCES served as volunteers, buddies and activity coordinators for the event.
“I've been doing this almost 30 years, and I look forward to it every year because there is nothing more wonderful than seeing the smiles on the faces of the children, on the athletes,” said Laurie Ann Ross, a coordinator of the event. “No matter what age they are, you know that they’re having a good time. And for me, that’s the best present I could ever ask for.”
This was the eighth annual Special Olympics Autumn Games, and organizers say the athletes are already talking about next year’s event.
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