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By Joe Featherston
The St. Camillus Special Olympians have been very active recently. In early February, they traveled as a team on a school bus to see the Hofstra University men’s basketball team inaugurate their new arena with a resounding victory over their arch-rival, the University of Delaware.
Hofstra’s Assistant Athletic Director, Harold Starks, was a gracious host to our young athletes and their parents. Kevin Reilly, Colin Brosnan, Erika Stringer, Timothy Mullally, John DiBartolomeo, Paul Fitzpatrick, Joseph Orban, and Evan Russell enjoyed the Speedy Claxton show. Special thanks to Father Mathew, Joe Courtney, Christine Courtney, Danielle Mullen, Bill Kelly, Maureen Featherston, Kilby and Bard Featherston and Seamus Kirk, who accompanied the athletes.
Over the President’s Week break, also in February, they spent a glorious weekend at Ski Windham. It was quite a thrill to see our athletes being guided down the intermediate slopes on two gorgeous, sunny days. The Windham Volunteer Ski Patrol, including Flip Mullen, Jim McVeigh and Maryellin Carroll, provided excellent leadership. Timothy Mullally, Terence Burke, Patrick Carroll, Heather Huber, Emily Hutton, Kevin Nolan, and Paul Fitzpatrick all experience the thrills of downhill skiing. Thank you to the St. Camillus volunteers who accompanied the athletes for the weekend. They were Kathy Clarke, Kiera Duffy, Maureen Featherston, Danielle Mullen, Rose Gurry, Kaitlin Murtagh, Kilby Featherston, and Seamus Kirk. Special thanks to Rita and Flip Mullen for inviting the whole gang to their ski house for a post skiing refreshment party, and to Alice Burke for organizing lunch for everyone at the ski lodge. Thanks also to all the athletes’ parents, relatives and friends who joined in the weekend’s festivities.
Finally, the athletes and their families and friends marched in the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Parade. Standing proudly behind their St. Camillus Special Olympics banner, and wearing their green hats and shamrocks were Brian Moriarty, Anthony Davis, Patrick Tritschler, Erika Stringer, Emily Hutton, Evan Russell, Paul Fitzpatrick, Walter Ensor, and Timothy Mullally. They, as well as their parents, friends, and volunteers, enjoyed all the cheers from the crowd that they received as they marched through Rockaway.
Next up for the program are the events where the athletes can win medals. On April 15, via chartered bus, they will travel to Fordham University to compete in a basketball competition and on May 6, St. John’s University will host a track and field competition.
The program thanks all of its sponsors. The next fundraising venture will be on Friday night, April 14, at Madison’s on York avenue and East 83 street. Walter Ensor’s band, Celtic Cross, and the Grog Trouper Band will provide the entertainment. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $50. Madison’s will provide free liquid refreshments from 7 to 11 p.m. as well as light finger sandwiches. Get there early! Thank you.