Special Olympics

Unified game helps inspire the community

Jason Chesser holds a commemorative ball after a unified game with the girls' soccer teams from Bowsher and Cardinal Stritch. The game was held October 14. Jason is a member of the Special Olympics Leadership Committee.  The ball was presented to Special Olympics by the Bowsher team and has their signatures.

Program aims to improve health of Special Olympics athletes

Healthy Athletes is a new program offered in collaboration with the University of Toledo designed to improve the health and fitness of athletes and their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics as well as in life.  Read more about this innovative effort at this link.

Leadership committee puts new twist on Special Olympic Banquets

20 year award recipients along with Leadership Committee Members Chris Cash, Jason Chesser and Zach Yingling and Brian Strohmaier

Special Olympics held its Spring/Summer sports banquet at the end of September at Conn Weissenberger. Typically we have dinner and pass out certificates to everyone who participated in a sport.

This year, we asked our athlete leadership committee to give us some input on what they would like to see at our banquets. The committee met and came up with some great ideas that we put into place this year. First off, we awarded plaques to athletes who have participated with Lucas County Special Olympics 20 years or more. We also implemented “Sportsmanship Awards” this past softball season. Coaches were asked who they felt earn this award and presented to that athlete at the banquet. A big thank you to the Athlete Leadership Committee (Heart Of Lucas County) for coming up with these great ideas. The awards will be an ongoing event at our future banquets!

Jon Conyers awarded the sportsmanship award

Jon Shepard awarded the sportsmanship Award with Coach Ben Huffman

20 year award recipients along with Leadership Committee Members Chris Cash, Jason Chesser and Zach Yingling and Brian Strohmaier

Two Lucas County Athletes Heading to Nationals in 2018!!

Congratulations to Chris Cash and unifed golf partner Tom King for being selected to represent Ohio in the 2018 National Games held in Seattle, Washington June 30th- July 6th 2018. Chris and Tom will be golfing there.

Brian Mignin joined Special Olympics last year as a powerlifter. Brian went to 2017 Summer games where he received 3 gold medals. Brian can bench an impressive 315pds.

Congratulations to both of you and go Team Ohio!!

Chris Cash and Tom King (middle)
Brian Mignin at the top of the podium