Each year, the Brooke McMahan Memorial Invitational Swim Meet draws hundreds of athletes and volunteers from throughout Ohio to Akron. At 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, the Ocasek Natatorium, on the campus of the University of Akron, will be filled with excitement as athletes compete in the large meet, second in size only to the state Special Olympics Games.
Summit County Judges Tom Teodosio and Linda Tucci Teodosio will again lead the athletes in the Special Olympic's oath. Other honored guests include University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson and Kraig Makohus, CEO of the Ohio Special Olympics.
In the early morning hours of July 30, 2003, Brooke died unexpectedly during a seizure. The girl with eyes the color of Hershey kisses, a joyful heart and an ear-to-ear grin, graduated from Green High School and later became certified in CPR and child care. She was a volunteer for the Humane Society and worked as an assistant swimming instructor for the YMCA.
The Summit Special Olympic Athletic Club (SSOAC), of which Brooke was a member, was founded by the parents of individuals with developmental disabilities. The parents, whose children are members of the SSOAC, host the Brooke Meet.
Brooke was the daughter of Chris and Kim (Hone) McMahan of Green and sister of Alex of Stow.
Admission is free. For more information, call Cathy Parker, vice president of the SSOAC, at 330-819-0591.