Mayor Yaede and Hamilton to Honor Community’s
Hometown Special Olympic Athletes Later this Month
The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games may have concluded, but Hamilton’s pride for its hometown Special Olympic athletes continues.
Later this month, Mayor Kelly Yaede and Hamilton Township will honor the Hamiltonians who participated in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games with a special, private ceremony for the athletes and their immediate families.
“We, as a community, are very proud of our Special Olympic athletes; and as Mayor, I wanted to do something special for our hometown Special Olympians,” said Mayor Yaede, who in the lead up to the games, helped receive the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg at the Police Division Headquarters, during which the Flame of Hope Torch – similar to the Olympic Torch – made its way to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremonies in Newark. “We will be holding a special, private reception for the athletes and their immediate family, just to say congratulations and to thank them for representing Hamilton Township with honor and distinction.”
Overall, 15 Hamiltonians will be recognized during the special reception, including 12 Special Olympic athletes, one Special Olympic competition partner, and two Hamilton Special Olympic coaches.
From June 14th through June 21st, the Mercer County region hosted several competitions as part of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Overall, the games were estimated to host 3,500 athletes from around the country, who competed in 16 sports, before tens of thousands of fans and volunteers.
Mayor Yaede noted that Hamilton Township takes great pride in the accomplishments of its citizens with special needs, as the community has a long record of efforts seeking to support the special needs community. In recent years, Hamilton created the first Commission on Persons with Special Needs in Mercer County, built Hamilton Township’s first ever Accessible Playground -- located in Veterans Park, where children with special needs can play alongside children with all abilities – and provided job opportunities for citizens with special needs through a custodial services agreement with the non-profit Mercer ARC organization.
“I want every one of our hometown Special Olympic athletes, partners and coaches to know that we are very proud of them, their hard work, their dedication and their continued pursuit of excellence, both on and off the fields of competition,” said Mayor Yaede. “Regardless of results, these Olympians are special champions, who hold a special place in the hearts of every Hamiltonian.”