Special Olympics remembrance event

Members of the Lycoming County Special Olympic Athlete Leadership Team held the Special Olympic Remembrance Walk and Run on June 23. With bright skies and a sunny day, participants from Special Olympics and the public, walked and ran laps to show their respect for those who have passed away that were involved in the county’s Special Olympics.

The remembrance walk and run was held at the Loyalsock Track located at the Donald E. Schick Elementary School. The event started with welcoming remarks from athlete Stephen Huyck, songs by athlete Roger Turner and a memorial service. Lycoming County Special Olympic athletes then proceeded to carry the Olympic torch around the track in silence for the first lap in honor of those who have passed away.

All participants received wrist bands celebrating the event. In addition, palm crosses were handed on to anyone wishing to honor individuals by writing their names on them and carrying them with them as they did their laps.

“Although Special Olympics is an organization that focuses mainly on sports, as coaches and mentors, we also believe that we need to instill the importance of community involvement to our athletes. From the results of this first event, we believe that the athletes showed that they are an important part of our community,” said Lester Loner.