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Olympians Win Big at Summer Games

The Special Olympic team sponsored by The Progress Center proudly brought 17 medals and 12 ribbons back to the Oxford Hills.  These medals and ribbons represent participation in 9 different events by 15 team members. The 43rd annual Special Olympics Maine State Summer Games were held at UMO on June 10th through the 12th.  The TPC Special Olympic team competed against approximately 130 teams from Kittery to Presque Isle.


Olympians participated in the following events:  Bocce: Alyssa Anderson and Bruce Coffin;  Softball Throw: Alyssa Anderson, Bruce Coffin, Nate Greenleaf, Ethel Hutchins, Robert Lavasser, Janice Norris, Rusty Perkins and Seth Lord;  Shot-put: Brenda Andrews, C J Skillings, and James Rollins;  Standing Long Jump: Brenda Andrews;  25M Walk: Bruce Coffin and Rusty Perkins;  50M Dash: Sarah Paladino, David Tew, C J Skillings and Tracey Raymond;  100M Dash: Alyssa Anderson, Don Dudley, Sarah Paladino, James Rollins, David Tew and Tracey Raymond;  200M Dash: Don Dudley, James Rollins and David Tew;  400M Dash: Don Dudley.


The Games are not all work and no play. TPC Olympians took full advantage of the fun activities as well including the Annual Parade and Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening.  When the events finished on Saturday they spent the evening at the Annual Victory Dance held at the field house.  Sunday morning the last few events and closing ceremony where canceled due to bad weather. 


The Progress Center Special Olympic Team is coached by Becky Connell, Matt Hess, Fred Cummings, Lisa Wilson, Lisa Durgin as well as Ken Ruff who is the head coach of the team.


Special Olympics is a year round athletic training and competition program for individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages.  In Maine there are approximately 3000 athletes who participate in the program.

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