Over the weekend athletes from the Wilton Family Y competed in the Special Olympics Southern Time Trials. The Southern Time Trials is the qualifying event for the Special Olympics Connecticut Summer Games, which will be held June 10-12 at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and Hamden Hall Athletic Fields in Hamden.
The Southern Time Trials were held Saturday, May 21, at Weston High School and Middle School (swimming events were scheduled at Oxford high school) and more than a thousand athletes of all abilities from across the region competed in track & field and aquatics events, after much training and preparation over the course of the past year.
The Wilton Y team (in purple shirts) was joined in competition by the Our Vision team (yellow shirts), a group of adults who trains with the younger competitors on Saturdays during the year.
“Over the last four years our Special Olympic programs have grown to over 30 athletes competing in four sports (gymnastics, aquatics,track and field, and our newest…. Bocce!). Participants’ age ranges from 8-years old and up,” says Christina Foley, The Wilton Y’s director of special needs programing and local coordinator Special Olympics of CT.
Not only that, but the Wilton Y’s program is serving as a model for other Y programs.
“Special Olympics CT continues to grow and has highlighted the Wilton program for expanding our age groups and bringing youth to games. As I have become more involved with Special Olympics …. As well as through Roaring 20’s….. I see such a need for ways to create social and successful living situations for individuals as they become adults,” Foley adds.
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 13,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners – their teammates without disabilities. Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field.