Kiwanis track and field event is a day of excitement

| March 14, 2018

A group of athletes from Hopewell Industries are given last minute instructions before competing in a race at the adult day of Kiwanis Track and Field Day on March 13 at Kids America. Jen Jones | Beacon

COSHOCTON – On Tuesday, March 13, adults with special needs from all over the county competed in the 24th annual Kiwanis Track and Field Day at Kids America.

Even before the first event, the athletes were excited about how many ribbons they might win and were already cheering on their friends. Athletes competed in races, basketball toss, football toss and corn hole. Lunch and a bag of goodies was provided for everyone.

Lillie Corder is a CCBDD volunteer. “I love this day. It lets everyone do the track and field events at their own level. I love seeing their smiles when they get their ribbons and watching them show off the ribbons to their friends and staff.”

CCBDD Director of Recreation and Special Olympics Toby Collins said she had about five volunteers to help her organize things at the events, but that several volunteers came from schools around the county, such as CHS Key Club, Coshocton Christian School and Mrs. Hess’s class from the Coshocton County Career Center.

“This is just a fun day,” said Collins. “It helps build self-esteem and the volunteers enjoy interacting with the athletes. They are so proud of their awards and have so much fun cheering for their friends. Macy Patterson added, “Students love coming to help and it brings a lot of awareness about people with disabilities to them.”

For three young men, this was their third year helping with the event. All three are members of the CHS Key Club. Zachary Bradford, Peyton Johnson and Wesley Woodie were helping with the football toss. Bradford said helping with the day makes him feel good. “Seeing their smiles when we give them ribbons is really cool. This day means the world to them and I’m glad to help.” Johnson agreed with him saying, “This is just a really fun day and I like interacting with the athletes and helping put smiles on their faces. I love it.” Woodie said, “It just feels good to come down and help everyone have a special day.”

The athletes had different opinions on the best part of the day. Doug said basketball was the best and his friend Rob said the same. Casey said running was the most fun and Rita said she was happy she finally ran part of her race. Dorothy liked the football toss the best. Kaden said the best part of his day was running and winning a first place ribbon.

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