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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Special Athletes to Compete in Kane

Special Olympics athletes from throughout McKean County will travel to Kane Area High School on Wednesday, May 2, to compete in the annual Special Olympics/Zippo Track & Field Meet.

Over 220 special athletes, ranging from 5 to 66 years of age, are registered to participate at the 37th annual event. Starting time is 10:00 a.m. In case of rain, the meet will be postponed to May 3. Ashley Komidar, teacher at Kane Middle School, will serve as event director.

Up to six athletes can qualify to represent McKean County at the Pennsylvania Special Olympics State Games at Penn State, June 7-9.

McKean Special Olympics coordinator Pat Ryan noted, “The track meet is our biggest event of the year. Our numbers are up and our athletes have been working hard in preparation.”

Volunteers are needed to help with the meet. They should call 368-9310 or register at the concession stand on Wednesday morning.

McKean County Special Olympics is a year-round program of sports training and competition for mentally and physically challenged athletes. In addition to track and field, programs are offered in softball, swimming, basketball, golf, bowling and skiing.

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