HCSD Special Olympics athletes resume competition

 REGIONAL -- Special Olympics athletes from all over the state participated in bowling events during the month of October. As Special Olympics Iowa is just now resuming activities after a long break due to COVID-19, bowlers were not placed in brackets or awarded placements, but each athlete was given a participation award. We look forward to our next event, which will be a basketball skills competition and a basketball team tournament slated for mid-winter.
 On October 12, Harlan Community Schools participated with the elementary school at Cyclone Lanes in Harlan. We had 14 athletes take part in the bowling event. They were awarded participation medals at the event and were given Grade Level certificates at the Friday assembly.
 Also in October, Harlan Community Middle School and High School Special Olympics athletes went to Council Bluffs’ Thunderbowl and bowled along with a couple of other area schools. Nineteen athletes from HCSD bowled in two games each. The HCMS Student Council also sent six students along to help and present awards. Three HCSD students got to assist in the opening ceremonies. TJ Fields had the honor of presenting the Iowa flag, Alyzabeth Cuevas-Reyes presented the Special Olympics flag and Tony Sparandeo led the Special Olympics pledge.
 “It was fun!  I got to see old friends,” stated Special Olympics athlete Rose Brandon.
 “Our athletes were super excited to get out and participate in the event. It’s been too long since we’ve had the opportunity due to COVID-19 restrictions,” added high school coach Dave Riley.

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