2013-12-20 / Sports

Special Athletes Pay Visit to the North Pole

By Katie McFadden

Members of the Rockaway Beach Special Athletics program were invited to their very own lighting ceremony on the Little North Pole on Monday, December 9th.

The athletes, many of whom have cognitive disabilities, were treated to a night of food, drinks, music and fun. Musician Andy Kenna played the guitar and sang Christmas tunes to get the kids in the spirit.

Timothy Mullally, one of the first athletes to join the program, was chosen to push the button to light up the house. Smiles beamed across faces and excitement filled the air as the Little North Pole, owned by Joe Mure, lit up the night.

However the excitement didn’t end with the lighting of Rockaway’s most decorated holiday house. A special guest made a visit. Making his arrival by fire truck, Santa Claus came down Neponsit Avenue and greeted the kids in front of the house. He then sat down in a rocking chair and every guest got a chance to sit in his lap, take a picture and receive a toy. A live DJ ended the night by playing hits that everyone could dance to. Joe Mure, the owner of the Little North Pole, invites the Rockaway Beach Special Athletics program as guests every year.

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