Over 1,000 athletes from 18 districts competed in the track and field games of the Monroe County Public School Athletic Conference, presented by Special Olympics New York on Thursday, June 8.
The games were hosted by the Brockport Central School District and held at their A.D. Oliver Middle School track and next door at the College at Brockport’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium.
The stadium, formerly known as Special Olympics Stadium, was used for the 1979 Fifth International Summer Olympics, in which Muhammad Ali helped light the flame.
This year the torch was lit by Special Olympian Jomar Barriero, a student at the Fred W. Hill School in Brockport after being escorted into the stadium by members of the New York State Police and Brockport Police Department.
The Special Olympics is an international organization that promotes understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
The Special Olympics New York’s State Summer Games will be held at Siena College in Albany from June16 to 18. Nearly 2,000 athletes who have qualified at the local level and their coaches will travel to Albany from around the state to compete in Olympic-style sports including track and field, basketball, gymnastics, tennis and cycling.