The Russellville Special Olympics is currently in middle of its track & field and soccer season. They had 11 athletes participate in the Area 5 Spring Games in Bowling Green on April 16th. They competed in the various events including: Shot Put, Softball Throw, 200 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 50 meter dash, 50 meter walk, 800 meter walk and the 400 meter relay.
“Our athletes competed hard and won numerous ribbons,” said Jenn Siebold of the Russellville Recreation Department and coach.
Siebold said her group was also honored to have Area 5’s Family of the Year Winner – The Lockhart-Dunning Family. This award is given to a family that exemplifies great commitment and goes above and beyond for the local program.
“This family definitely fits the bill in this regard,” Siebold added.
Track & Field athletes are: Chuckie Woods, Jones Bunton, Melissa Fetz, Alex Hughes, Dalton Lockhart, Kelly Lennon, Randy Lennon, Brandon Prince, Jj Fetz, Tony Mayes and Craig Neeley. Track & Field Coaches are Steve Lennon, Marcia Hadden, Tracy Dunning, Jay Dunning and Jenn Siebold.
Russellville Special Olympics also has 12 athletes participating in soccer. This group has traveled to 2 Regional Tournaments in Louisville on April 24th and in Versailles on May 1st.
In Louisville, the team brought home the Gold Medal and in Versailles they brought home the Silver Medal.
Soccer athletes are: Nathan Latham, Bailey Voth, Katlyn Leber, Mikie Britt, John Miller, Dalton Lockhart, Randy Lennon, Kelly Lennon, Brandon Prince, Tony Mayes, Craig Neeley and Jj Fetz.
Managers are Dewayne Prater and Kody Kirby. Soccer coaches are Jenn Siebold and Jay Dunning.
Both the track & field and soccer teams will travel to EKU the weekend of June 3 thru 5 to compete at the State Special Olympics Summer Games. Athletes stay in dorms on EKU’s campus and spends the weekend competing in their tournaments and individual events as well as participating in events throughout the weekend including the Parade of Athletes and the all-time favorite the Dance on Saturday evening.
“Athletes will continue to practice twice a week for soccer and once a week for track & field until Summer Games,” Siebold said.
The Russellville Recreation Department offers a year round Special Olympics Program which includes the following sports: track & field, soccer, softball, flag football and basketball. After the track & field season, athletes will begin practicing for the softball season.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.