Union City Kiwanis Club hosting Special Olympics

Union City Kiwanis Club hosting Special Olympics
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A “Special” sporting event will be staged Saturday morning at Union City High School.
The annual Obion County Special Olympics — hosted by the Union City Kiwanis Club — will begin at 9 a.m. at War Memorial Stadium on the UCHS campus.
There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend to cheer for the competitors.
Special Olympics offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults who have physical or developmental disabilities.
The Obion County games will kick off Saturday morning with opening ceremonies that traditionally include the singing of the national anthem by a competitor, the recitation of the Special Olympics oath and an opening torch lap around the track. Participants will then compete in a variety of track and field events, including walks and runs of various distances, standing long jump and softball throw, as well as bocce ball.
Many volunteers will be on hand Saturday to assist with the county games and cheer on the competitors, among them Kiwanis Club members and UCHS students from various clubs or athletic teams.
Saturday promises a full day of activities around the UCHS campus, with both Special Olympics and an unrelated 5K to benefit Obion County Hometown Walk of Hope kicking off at 9 a.m. on the campus, followed by the Obion County Junior Auxiliary’s “Healthy Start/Healthy Finish” from noon to 3 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 4.24.12

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