Plattsburgh State Athletes Kick Off 2007-08 Athletic Season with Benefit Walk with Special Olympians

Last year, the Plattsburgh State Cardinal Athletes helped to raise more than $3,000 for the nearly 200 Special Olympians of Clinton and Essex counties. This year theyre hoping to exceed that amount.

On Sunday, September 2nd, there will be a 2-mile walk beginning at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse. The walk has a $5 entry fee. All proceeds from the day will go for equipment, uniforms, and transportation expenses for the Special Olympians.

Cathy Taylor, who has coached some of the Special Olympians for 21 years, wants people to be aware that there will be a shorter walk for people who may have more difficulty, or for folks in wheelchairs.

Aside from the walk, there will be various events for the public to enjoy.

Taylor also says the public is encouraged to come to meet the Plattsburgh State athletes and the Special Olympic athletes. All athletes will be available for autograph signing.

The athletes from Plattsburgh State are required to join in with the Special Olympic walk. They will also be joining the Special Olympian basketball team for basketball games that the public is also welcome to watch.

The athletes will also be hosting a cookout for an additional fee of $7. Lucid will be playing during the cookout, as well as during registration for the walk.

Taylor wants people to understand the importance for the public to join in the days events. The Special Olympians do more than people may realize. It is a year round program that offers 10 different sports opportunities. The Olympians are involved in games from Bocce ball and softball, to cross-country skiing and track. They also offer adaptive games which Taylor explains are games tailored for individuals with lower skills.

They compete in the local, regional, state, and world levels, so the more people that join in for Sundays events; the easier it is on the Special Olympians to get where they need to go to compete.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or coach for the Special Olympics, contact Cathy Taylor at 562-1691or Barbara Thomas at 561-5816.

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