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7/24/2014 - Mayor Yaede Honors Community’s Hometown Special Olympic Athletes and Coaches

 

Mayor Yaede Honors Community’s

Hometown Special Olympic Athletes and Coaches

 

Kneeling (left to right): Richard Pingitor (Baseball), Richard Opsuth (Softball), Patrick Rhoads (Soccer), John Rosati (Power Lifting), Tommy Smith (Unified Softball), Kelly O’Sullivan (Cycling)

Standing (left to right): Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer, Mayor Kelly Yaede, Mary Lee Morgante (Aquatics), Michael Conte (Baseball), Salvatore Masterpole (Aquatics), Councilman Dennis Pone, Sean Reese (Unified Softball), Councilman David Kenny, Ann Marie Lammerding (Aquatics), Aimee Tiscione (Triathlon), Michele Horner (Tennis Coach), James Rossi (Unified Softball Coach)

Honorees Not pictured: Kristopher Boros (Baseball), Roberto Hernandez (Triathlon), Laura Kasper (Tennis), Benjamin Kraml (Partner in Unified Softball)


The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games may have concluded, but Hamilton’s pride for its hometown Special Olympic athletes continues.

This week, Mayor Kelly Yaede honored the Hamiltonians who participated in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games with a special, private ceremony for the athletes and coaches and their immediate families, which took place at the Hamilton Township Senior Center. 

In total, Hamilton was represented by 15 athletes, 1 partner and 2 coaches at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games:  The honorees were

Kristopher Boros - Special Olympic Athlete in Baseball

Michael Conte - Special Olympic Athlete in Baseball

Roberto Hernandez - Special Olympic Athlete in the Triathlon

Laura Kasper - Special Olympic Athlete in Tennis

Ann Marie Lammerding - Special Olympic Athlete in Aquatics

Salvatore Masterpole - Special Olympic Athlete in Aquatics

Mary Lee Morgante - Special Olympic Athlete in Aquatics

Richard Opsuth - Special Olympic Athlete in Softball

Kelly O’Sullivan - Special Olympic Athlete in Cycling

Richard Pingitor - Special Olympic Athlete in Baseball

Sean Reese - Special Olympic Athlete in Unified Softball

Patrick Rhoads - Special Olympic Athlete in Soccer

John Rosati - Special Olympic Athlete in Power Lifting

Tommy Smith - Special Olympic Athlete in Unified Softball

Aimee Tiscione - Special Olympic Athlete in the Triathlon

Benjamin Kraml - Special Olympic Partner in Unified Softball

Michele Horner - Special Olympic Coach in Tennis

James Rossi - Special Olympic Coach in Unified Softball

 

The honorees and their families were treated to pizza and ice cream; and then each Special Olympic athlete and coach received special proclamations from the Mayor and Council, a special citation which featured a picture of each honoree, an official Hamilton Township pin, as well as individual gift bags including gift cards, coupons, certificates for the Hamilton Golf Center, two tee-shirts and a water bottle.  Thanks to the generosity of Wit or Witout (which generously donated a portion of the pizzas, as well as gift cards and shirts), Wawa (which generously donated several free coupons to their stores) and Kraml Design – whose owner is the father of one the Hamilton Special Olympic participants (which generously provided a reduced cost for the water bottles that each honoree received), the event was a tremendous success.

We want every one of you – our hometown Special Olympic athletes, partners and coaches to know that we are very proud of your hard work, dedication and perseverance, both on and off the fields of competition,” said Mayor Yaede in her remarks to the honorees. And, regardless of any results, you are our special champions, who hold a special place in the hearts of every Hamiltonian.”

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.