In the Running Special Olympics
In The Running
Living with a disability takes a quiet strength every moment of every day. So, it is even more heartwarming to see this courage transferred to a spectator sport where such enormous efforts rally the cheers and applause of inspired onlookers—all this happened for Sayville athletes at the recent Special Olympics held in Commack.
Focusing on the abilities of our student athletes, a group of Sayville High School students who are members of Athletes Helping Others (AHO) club attended the Special Olympics track competition in April. While three of our students went as competitors, joining approximately 800 athletes in a variety of track events, the remainder went to offer encouragement as spectators, thanks to club co-advisor Suzanne Hoss who made the arrangements.
“The enthusiasm of the students who attended and cheered them on was contagious!” Mrs. Hoss recalled. “Sayville’s presence was known, both on and off the field. What a special and rewarding day for three of the most outstanding students at Sayville High School!”
AHO club co-advisor Robert Hoss added, “The smiles on Ashley face says it all! Our athletes and club members had a great day!!! A special thanks to Coach Doller for encouraging the boys lacrosse players to attend. They came out in numbers to cheer on Ashley, Logan and Meghan.”
Each of the Sayville competitors came home with two medals, but regardless of medals garnered, the Special Athletes truly won the admiration of all for their willingness to try. And that makes all the difference!
video by Donny DeKenipp