The Phoenix Central School District and the surrounding community are gearing up to host the first-ever Oswego County Olympiad Invitational on May 14.
Similar to the Special Olympics held each year in Cicero, the event will feature games, snacks, and competition among students with disabilities.
Participants will represent the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation as well as all nine component school districts in Oswego County.
“We have more than 300 students who will be participating,” said Angie Neiss, PCSD teacher and coordinator of the event. “We are thrilled that so many students will be able to enjoy this event locally.”
With so many participants expected, there will also be hundreds of volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly.
National Honor Society students from John C. Birdlebough High School will join school personnel and community members to volunteer their services.
“This is a big event and it couldn’t happen without the generosity of our volunteers and donors,” Neiss said. “We are so grateful to everyone involved, and we are looking forward to a successful and fun-filled day!”
In addition to the running, field, jumping and adapted events, students can participate in other activities such as beanbag toss, basketball and parachutes throughout the day. Mascots from the Syracuse Crunch, the Silver Knights and the Syracuse Chiefs will also be on site to greet the students.
Participants will also have the chance to meet and interact with several special guests: emcee Colin Gooley, a sled hockey player on the USA developmental team; and Ashlyn Wallace, 2015 New York Miss Amazing Preteen queen.
Following some words of encouragement from Gooley, Phoenix student Ethan Remington will sing the National Anthem to kick off the games.
The Olympiad will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at JCB High School. In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be May 21.