Canastota CSD Hosts Regional Special Olympics

Canastota CSD Hosts Regional Special Olympics
Posted on 10/09/2019
More than 300 student-athletes from across the region ran, jumped and threw their way through this year’s Special Olympics Autumn Games, held Wednesday in the Canastota athletic complex. The games, in their 9th year, featured a variety of track and field events, including shot put, softball toss, long jump, and running races as well as Adaptive Games for students with additional needs.

The Games began with the traditional Parade of Athletes, with students walking in by school delegation. The CHS Marching Band and Color Guard led the parade and the Select Choir led the National Anthem.

Superintendent Shawn Bissetta joined MOBOCES Education Coordinator Laurie Ann Ross, a Special Olympics organizer, in sharing welcome remarks, and Pastor Tony Paredes of South Bay Chapel led the invocation.

Among the participating athletes were 39 from Canastota, all of whom wore bright yellow team shirts. Teachers Brian Dwyer and Luray Moshier organized 76 student volunteers in grades 8-12 who walked athletes to events, organized kickball and soccer for down times, timed races, measured throws and jumps, and passed out lunches!