2002-07-27 / Sports

Special Olympics Completes

By Joe Featherston

Successful Fifth Year
By Joe Featherston

(The first part of this article appeared in last week's edition)

The athletes traveled to St. John's University for the annual Queens County Special Olympics Area Track and Field Games. Paul Fitzpatrick was selected to run around the track carrying the Olympic Torch. Paul was chosen for this honor because he has never missed on Monday night training session or weekend competition during the five years of our program's existence. 

After the spirited opening ceremony in which each team walked around the track and was introduced to the fans over the loudspeaker, the games began.  In the running events, Paul Fitzpatrick won gold, Joe Orban and Anthony Davis silver and Timothy Mullally bronze.  In the softball throw, Paul and Anthony won silver, Elizabeth Sena bronze and Tim and Joe fourth place ribbons while coaches Peter Brady and Katie and Patty Maguire cheered them on.

Several of the Olympians and their families then enjoyed the Harlem Wizards versus the Graybeards basketball game at St. Francis de Sales.  They especially enjoyed watching their coach, Peter Brady, their DJ, Bugsy Goldberg and their Christmas Party benefactor, Steve Stathis.  Kevin Reilly was chosen to shoot some free throws and Kevin won a Wizards jersey and basketball.  He and Alex Goldberg were the half-time stars. Also enjoying the action were Evan Russell, Tommy Ryan, Heather Huber, Patrick Tritschler and Kathy Clarke.

The Graybeards and Steve Stathis then provided bleacher tickets and a bus for the Olympians to go to Yankee Stadium for a game versus Tampa Bay.  The group got to the game early and the Yankees bullpen chatted with them and gave them baseballs. The Yanks then hit six homeruns into the seats near the group. Max Nagel, Terence Burke, Patrick Carroll, Anthony Davis, John DiBartolomeo, Walter Ensor, Emily Hutton, Joe Orban, Kevin Reilly, Evan Russell, Elizabeth Sena, Javon Gardner, Heather  Huber, Brian Moriarty and Patrick Tritschler enjoyed the Yankee victory along with their volunteer coaches Kathy Clarke, Peter Brady, Brandon Gardner, Kilby and Bard Featherston, Walter White and Caitlin Murtagh. The program thanks Steve and the Graybeards for a wonderful evening.

The Olympians next trip will be their biggest adventure to date.  Twelve of them along with their families, some supporters and volunteer coaches will travel to Ireland on August 8th. The entire part of forty-five will participate in two athletic field days with their Irish friends and hosts in Dublin and Galway City. 

The whole group will travel by bus together. The twelve athletes are; Terence Burke, Patrick Carroll, Paul Fitzpatrick, Heather Huber, Emily Hutton, Brian Moriarty, Timothy Mullally, Max Nagel, Joe Orban, Kevin Reilly, Jeffrey Resnick and Patrick Tritschler. Coaches Peter Brady, Sr., Kathy Clarke, Eddie Carroll, Jr. Jay Burke, Pete and Matt Brady, Caitlin Murtagh, Rose Gurry, Jim McVeigh and Joe Featherston will accompany them. 

Rita and Flip Mullen will again open their backyard to host a community support party for the 45 travelers on Saturday, July 27, 2002, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 147 B. 134 St.

The athletes, their families and all the coaches again sincerely thank all of you in the community for all of your support. As you can see, that support has enabled us to participate in so many activities. We, of course, also thank Father Dunne for the use of the St. Camillus gym each Monday night and to Sister O'Neill of St. Camillus for taking all the phone calls.

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