Lucas County Special Olympics

Summer/Fall Newsletter

Hello everyone!! Covid 19 sure has changed our lives and our Special Olympics program this year!! As you know, all Special Olympics activities have been suspended since March. Unfortunately, we did not get to participate in Spring sports, Regional Spring games or Summer Games this year. We have truly missed all of you and below I will share some information on our gradual return to sports. Please read the information carefully as the look of our program will be much different.

The state has recently released guidelines for local programs to follow in regards to returning to sports. Beginning the week of July 13th, we will start back with softball practices with the athletes that participated in softball last year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer skills practices at this time. Many of our skills athletes need hand over hand assistance and we are not able to provide this due to the social distancing guidelines.

Practices are limited to groups of 10 (this includes staff and coaches) which means we are very limited on how many athletes can attend. As restrictions loosen up, we will take a look at our groups to see if we can increase the group sizes. If you did not play softball last year and are interested in participating in softball practices this year, please call 419-380-5109 or email kwatson@lucasdd.org and you will be placed on a wait list. We are also exploring some other options and activities we may be able to offer and we will keep you posted.

 

Special Olympics Ohio has also announced they will not be holding any Regional or State competitions in 2020. What does that mean? This means the NW Region and Special Olympics Ohio will not be having golf, softball, or flag football tournaments this year. As we know how disappointing this may be, the health and safety of our athletes is our top priority. At this time, Lucas County will only be offering softball practices, no games.

For right now, this is all the information we can provide. As the next sports season approaches, we will be working closely with Special Olympics Ohio and our County Board to see what a possible winter sports season would look like. We will keep you posted as we get information provided to us. Please know as much as we miss all of you, keeping everyone healthy and safe is most important.

I want to take a moment to recognize the athletes that have been participating in the Fit 5 influencer and consistently turning in their trackers each week. These athletes have worked very hard over the quarantine to track their exercise, fruit, vegetable, and water intake.

Keep up the good work and continue to turn in your trackers!If you would like more information on the Fit 5 influencer challenge please email kwatson@lucasdd.org

Lightning captures state championship

Hats off to the Lucas County Lightning in Division 2, winners of the state championship at the Special Olympics Winter Games held on the campus of Bowling Green State University.  In Division 4 competition, the Lucas County team placed third.

The competitive cheer team took 3rd place in the first ever State Cheer Competition.  Swimmers took numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals.  The relay team placed first.

Team will represent the Northwest Region

Congratulations to the Lucas County D4 team for winning the NW Region tournament!! The team will now be representing the NW Region in the state basketball tournament at Bowling Green State University on February 22nd-23rd

On the hardwood in front of BCSN!

The Toledo Christian girls basketball team allowed our Division 5 teams to play a short 10 minute game between the JV and Varsity games.   There was a great crowd and they were cheering both teams on.  Our players loved playing in from of them.  BCSN was there and will air it when they air the varsity game.

Lucas County Lightning competes at Ottawa Hills High School

Two of the Lucas County Lightning basketball teams competed against Hancock County at Ottawa Hills High School on Monday December 9th.  The Lucas County pep squad cheered the teams on as well as the Ottawa Hills boys and girls basketball teams. A big thank you to Tammy Talmadge, Athletic Director of Ottawa Hills, for making this all happen!!

Chuck a Puck night a huge success!!

On Saturday November 23rd Special Olympics athletes, families and staff  sold pucks as part of a fundraiser for the organization.   Our organization will receive a check for $1300.00 due to the hard work of all who helped us.  A big thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came out to enjoy the game and support us!!

 

Donations

Donations may be sent to:
Lucas County Special Olympics
c/o Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1154 Larc Lane,Toledo, OH 43614