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July 28, 2011
Advanced Chiropractic, Foot & Ankle Care of Waynesboro recently provided free evaluations and treatment recommendations for athletes of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games held June 9 to 11 at Penn State University in State College. The event brought together more than 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. Dr. Stephen Bui and Dr. May Cao are part of the Fit Feet initiative. Fit Feet doctors and support staff conducted more than 200 evaluations and consultations during the competition.
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June 6, 2012
Special Olympians and local law-enforcement officers will be escorting the “Flame of Hope” across Western Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University. Athletes will make their way to the square in Hagerstown around noon Wednesday. The Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay was to kick off in Hancock at 7:30 a.m., and the runners will travel U.S. 40 into Hagerstown. They will stop for a short ceremony in the square before heading to the Frederick County line at South Mountain.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 4, 2010
View all of the photos for purchase! View the Special Olympics slideshow CHAMBERSBURG, PA. -- At the Franklin Learning Center, it doesn't matter if you can throw a flying disc 18 inches or 18 feet. Students participating in the Special Olympics and Field Day event on Tuesday were hugged, cheered and high-fived no matter how fast they ran, how high they jumped or how far they threw. Alexa Ochoa, 15, said it's good to cheer on friends at Field Day. She enjoyed running, and throwing the flying discs and balls.
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April 10, 2001
Police to serve Special Olympics "Cops and Lobsters" is hoping to raise hundreds of dollars on April 19 when Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades and some of his officers take time out from their duties to serve as celebrity hosts and waiters at the Red Lobster restaurant. During a three-hour span from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers will be encouraged to make donation "tips" to benefit the Special Olympics. The Cops and Lobsters program is coordinated annually with Red Lobster personnel at the Wesel Boulevard restaurant.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | January 29, 2011
It seemed at the time to be hard luck for the Washington County Warthogs. The Special Olympics floor hockey team was scheduled to play one of two required qualifying games before the Maryland state tournament. Then Mother Nature happened along with a nasty snowstorm and the qualifier was canceled. The team needed to play another qualifier at its home rink or it would not be permitted to compete at states. Warthog head coach Jay Seipler began to brainstorm. "I thought, 'We have an ice sports complex here in town.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 7, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - About 20 Washington County athletes will compete on land and in water this weekend at Special Olympics Maryland's Summer Games in Towson, Md. Special Olympics sports festivals are held throughout the country and world for people with mental disabilities. Washington County has about 300 Special Olympics athletes who compete throughout the year, said Marva Davis of Hagerstown, the county's Special Olympics director. Local athletes going to Towson University will compete in pool and track and field-type events.
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January 25, 2009
The Washington County Special Olympics tenpin bowling league has been operating for more than 20 years. League members bowl every Saturday morning from mid-September through mid-April at Southside Bowl on Virginia Avenue in Halway. The league started with only a handful of athletes and several coaches. It now operates with more than 40 athletes, 10 coaches and four substitute coaches. About five years ago, the coaches got together and collected funds from families, coaches and support staff to organize an annual Christmas party for all of the athletes.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 8, 2006
HAGERSTOWN As the Special Olympics torch approached downtown Hagerstown from the west, Sarah Roney waited with her mother in Public Square. Roney, 31, has ridden in Special Olympics equestrian events for six years and has picked up six medals, including four golds. In 2003, she represented the United States at an event in Ireland. Carolyn Roney, who lives in Hagerstown, said her daughter used to compete in track and field events. But, Sarah physically was more suited to horseback riding, which she likes.
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April 24, 2002
Participants in the Cops and Lobsters program hope to raise hundreds of dollars today when Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades and some of his officers take time out from their duties to serve as celebrity hosts and waiters at the Red Lobster restaurant. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., customers will be encouraged to make donation "tips" to benefit the Special Olympics. The Cops and Lobsters program is coordinated annually with Red Lobster personnel at the Wesel Boulevard restaurant.
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August 4, 2013
Carolyn Roney, a bocce coach for Special Olympics, gave a demonstration on how the game is played at a recent Tri-State Civitan Club meeting. Several members had never seen the game played before and enjoyed seeing gold medal Special Olympian Margie French and Dolly Hall show how to throw a ball. Roney showed the different balls for playing indoors and outdoors, and explained the rules. While the sport has been around for a long time, beginning in Italy and sometimes referred to as lawn bowling, it is increasing in popularity.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 10, 2013
Alexa Ochoa has always been a big supporter of her siblings' sporting endeavors, but Friday was her day to shine. With her parents Gregory and Jennifer cheering her on, the 18-year-old participated in the Franklin Learning Center's Special Olympic Field Day, on Loop Road in Chambersburg. For nearly 130 of the center's special-needs students who participated in the event, it wasn't about winning or losing. It was about participation and encouragement. “It's an incredible event,” Gregory Ochoa said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
Jake Reynolds, who won a gold medal in alpine skiing at the 2013 World Winter Special Olympics in South Korea less than a month ago, was at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. on Monday for the start of the Special Olympics Maryland 2013 Winter Games to try to pick up another medal. “I just liked winning,” said Reynolds, a 20-year-old from Cumberland, Md. “I've worked out with a lifting coach at home, and we ski every Thursday night.” Reynolds was scheduled to compete in the alpine skiing event during the 28th Special Olympics Maryland 2013 Winter Games.
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June 6, 2012
Special Olympians and local law-enforcement officers will be escorting the “Flame of Hope” across Western Maryland to the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Maryland Summer Games at Towson University. Athletes will make their way to the square in Hagerstown around noon Wednesday. The Washington County leg of the Maryland Torch Run Relay was to kick off in Hancock at 7:30 a.m., and the runners will travel U.S. 40 into Hagerstown. They will stop for a short ceremony in the square before heading to the Frederick County line at South Mountain.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2012
Ignorant, offensive, and hateful were terms Boonsboro High School students used Wednesday to describe the R-word - retard or retarded - and its use. During their lunch break Wednesday, dozens of Boonsboro students signed up online at R-word.org to “pledge and support the elimination of the derogatory use of the r-word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.” The effort...
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February 27, 2012
The 2012 Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games scheduled to be held at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., on Monday have been canceled, Special Olympics Maryland announced Monday morning. Approximately 225 athletes from Maryland were scheduled to participate. "This is a decision that was very difficult to make," the announcement read. "The current weather conditions, slope conditions and forecast have contributed to the final conclusion. At all times the safety of the athletes must be paramount.
LIFESTYLE
November 22, 2011
Members of Hagerstown Council No. 311 of United Commercial Travelers of America recently presented a check for $1,000 to Washington County Special Olympics.
LIFESTYLE
July 28, 2011
Advanced Chiropractic, Foot & Ankle Care of Waynesboro recently provided free evaluations and treatment recommendations for athletes of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games held June 9 to 11 at Penn State University in State College. The event brought together more than 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches from across the state. Dr. Stephen Bui and Dr. May Cao are part of the Fit Feet initiative. Fit Feet doctors and support staff conducted more than 200 evaluations and consultations during the competition.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | May 7, 2011
A sign strung across a gazebo called the event an "Inspiration Walk," but that didn't stop Candi Blessing and her track teammates from getting in some unofficial practice. "We ran half of it," said Blessing, 26, of Smithsburg, as they finished their first lap around Fairgrounds Park Saturday morning. The event was a fundraiser for Special Olympics Maryland of Washington County, and it is the enthusiasm of Special Olympics athletes such as Blessing that makes the cause so inspiring, organizers said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 28, 2011
The people cheering loudly for Lee Follett on Thursday afternoon were rooting for him not because he was the fastest in the 400-meter race, but because he showed perseverance after taking a harsh fall. Follett, 34, tumbled in a wet spot on the snowshoe track at Whitetail Resort and initially seemed down for the count. But the Special Olympics competitor from Smithsburg continued, crawling several yards toward the finish line before getting to his feet and crossing it with his father.
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