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DMS students and staff cheer on Special Olympics athletes

photo of DMS students holding sign
May 18, 2017 -- In a moving demonstration of school spirit, hundreds of students poured out of Driver Middle School shortly after 9 a.m. today, armed with hand-drawn signs and posters. They formed into two long lines that snaked all the way from DMS to K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, creating a special lane for the eight schoolmates (plus seven KCH students) who were heading out to compete in the Special Olympics.

As the athletes made their way toward two waiting school buses, their cheering section gave them high-fives and waved signs scribbled with “You rock!” and “Let’s Go” and “Have fun.” They were off to Cicero-North Syracuse High School to compete with athletes from 11 other local school districts and OCM BOCES in track and field events, including the 50-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, running long jump, standing broad jump, softball throw and shot put. Also planned were adapted events, including walking with and without assistance, as well as wheelchair races.

According to its website, the mission of Special Olympics is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Congratulations to all our Olympians!

Click on the player below to watch a slideshow of photos snapped during today’s send-off in Marcellus. 

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