The Hudson Chapter of Special Olympics sent a delegation of 17 athletes to Columbus to compete on The Ohio State University campus in the Summer Games of Special Olympics Ohio the last week of June. Led by Hudson resident and chapter coordinator Peter Chatigny, they joined 3,000 athletes and coaches from around the state, competing in Bocce, Bowling, and Track and Field events.
The festivities began on Wednesday, June 26, when the official Law Enforcement Torch Run passed through Hudson. Neila Cullen and Greta Foskett carried the "Flame of Hope" for Hudson. Cullen and Foskett ran along Route 91 with local police officers and other Special Olympians and their friends. This was the 33rd annual Torch Run which raises funds for Special Olympics Ohio.
The competition was officially opened on Friday night, June 28, when law enforcement officers from around the state carried the Flame of Hope into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the opening ceremonies, which included a parade around the stadium. Additional activities during the weekend included Tent Town, Healthy Athlete Screening, movie night and evening dances.
The Hudson Bocce Team sent four athletes, under the direction of Coach Darrell Cartwright of Peninsula, to compete in the doubles competition Friday and Saturday. Alex Cremer and Bill Shawcross earned a bronze medal, and Ben Cartwright and Scott Lattimer earned a silver medal.
The four-member bowling team, coached by Mike Norville of Hudson, competed individually for the following results: Amy Forde — gold medal; Savannah James — bronze medal; Nicole Knoblauch — bronze medal; and Holly Norville — silver medal.
The Hudson Track and Field Team was the largest contingent and was coached by Josanne Hyclak of Hudson. The results were:
Nina Ackerman — silver medals in 100 and 200 meter dash;
Brad Bohrer — silver medal in 200 meter dash and fourth place in 400 meter dash;
Michael Gosiewski — bronze medal in 100 meter dash and silver medal in 200 meter dash;
Nicholas Gosiewski — gold medal in 100 meter dash and fourth place in 200 meter dash;
Connor Hayslip — gold medal in softball throw and fourth place in 50 meter dash;
Joseph Korane — bronze medals in 100 and 200 meter dash;
Adam Musarro — fifth place in 100 meter dash and bronze medal in 200 meter dash;
Jake Price — bronze medal in softball throw and gold medal in 100 meter dash; and
Marci Williams — bronze medals in 50 meter assisted walk and softball throw.
The Hudson Chapter is open to anyone with an intellectual disability, who is at least 8 years old, and lives within the Hudson City School District boundaries. Monetary support is generously provided by the community. This year our chapter received grants from the Hudson League for Service and Seniors and Youth: Partners in Philanthropy (SAYPIP) to partially fund our participation in the Summer Games. Additional information about Hudson Special Olympics is available at www.hudsonspecialolympics.org.