Southside Special Olympics
It’s time to light the torch for the annual South Side High School Special Olympic games.
October 18, 2013
Elmira (WENY) - It's time to light the torch for the annual South Side High School Special Olympic games. Athletes from all over New York including as far away as Cooperstown came to the Southside Invitational.
It was a little cold for athletes and spectators but that didn't slow down anyone. It's the seventh year in a row for the event and kids can earn a chance to go to the national competition. Today's events included a soccer tournament, bocce ball, and cross country. Paige Kinnaird says the day is about giving these athletes a chance to showcase their skills.
“It's important because it allows for recognition for our special Olympians to come out and show their skills and how they improved..” says Kinnaird. “Its also important because we have so many students from the high school co out and volunteer and what better way to get the special Olympians to interact together.
Ken Goodrich has been playing soccer at the invitational for the past seven years. “Keeping your eyes peeled on the ball and focusing where the ball is going, if the ball goes right your moving with the ball, if you stay in the box then you're not going to win and your going to be like boohoohoo.
The special Olympics serves more than 50,000 athletes making New York's program the largest in the United States.