Special Olympics annual track and field meet May 5

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TELL CITY – Special Olympics Perry County and St. Meinrad Archabbey/Cooperative Action for Community Development Inc. will be hosting their 50th annual track and field and bocce meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Legion Field in Tell City.

“Everyone is welcome to attend this event,” said Vicky Lutgring, Special Olympics Perry County, County Coordinator.  “Please come out and meet some of our outstanding areas Special Olympians!”

St. Meinrad Archabbey has hosted this event for local Individuals with intellectual disabilities since 1965 – even before the formal inception of Special Olympics. 

With the closing of Marion Heights Academy in 2000, the CACD asked Special Olympics Perry County to consider hosting this event for the southern Indiana counties of Dubois, Gibson, Orange, Perry, Posey, Spencer, Warrick and Vanderburgh , a project which we undertook in 2001.  This is our 17th year to host this wonderful event for our area.

In the first year of the event, more than 70 athletes participated.  This year event organizers are expecting more 150 athletes.  This event has been sanctioned by Special Olympics Indiana, so the standard guidelines for both track & field and bocce will be in effect.  The following events will be held:  50-meter dash, 100 dash, 4 x 100-meter race, 25-meter walk, 50 walk, 400 walk, standing long jump, running long jump, softball throw, tennis ball throw, shot put, bocce, 25-meter wheelchair race and motor activities events.

The event will begin with a parade of athletes with a color guard from the Perry County VFW and an invocation by David Ward. The event will also include a torch run by local athletes and local police officers, the National Anthem and the recitation of the Special Olympics oath followed by a morning full of track, field & bocce events.

For more information about Special Olympics Perry County, contact Vicky Lutgring at (812) 836-2963.  Practices are open to the public and are held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from March 28 to May 11 from 5 to 6 p.m.