Kris Sanner and Jimmy Jackson, both athletes with Lucas County Special Olympics, participated in the National Special Olympics Games this past June, and the two local athletes managed to place in their respective sports. Kris Sanner won three gold medals in all three cycling events, and Jimmy Jackson, playing softball with Team Ohio, won gold in his division.
This year the games took place in Princeton, New Jersey. Close to 3,500 athletes competed in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.
Lucas County Special Olympics aims to provide year-round sports training and competitions for those with intellectual disabilities who wish to train for Olympic-inspired sports. The goal of this program is to provide athletes with memorable experiences, to instill a sense of pride in participants, and to share their varied skills with their families, fellow Special Olympians, and the community.
For more information, visit the Lucas County Special Olympics website at www.co.lucas.oh.us or call 419-380-5115.