Coaches, families and athletes gathered to celebrate exceptional athletic accomplishments during the Logan County Braves Annual Sports Banquet at the Bellefontaine First Church of God.
The Special Olympics event honored nearly 70 participants and many volunteers who help individuals in activities like basketball, bowling, powerlifting, softball, equestrian, TAASC (adapted sports) and track and field.
Logan County Recreation and Special Olympics Coordinator Rose Canter presented the Chris Wilson Award to volunteer coaches Lisa Russell and Jim Logan. Russell coaches track and field, while Logan helps with the softball team. Canter explained that the Wilson Award honors any coach, athlete or volunteer who shows determination, positive energy and brings out the best in people.
Russell said, “Chris (Wilson) came to me to help him coach because we always worked so well together. It’s really an honor to receive this award because he has such big shoes to fill.”
Wilson was a beloved RTC Industries staff member and Special Olympics coach who died unexpectedly last fall. His wife, Nikki, daughter, Viv and mother, Kim Janek helped present the awards along with last year’s recipient, DJ Casey.
Canter also recognized volunteer Track and Field Coach Nancy Steinberger with an Honorary Award. Steinberger is retiring after many years at RTC Industries, but still plans to coach.
Canter also highlighted excellent athletic performances this year, including several top finishers in the Special Olympics State Bowling, Equestrian and Track and Field competitions. Each athlete present at the dinner received a pin and trophy for every sport they participated in during the 2017 seasons.
Submitted on behalf of the Logan County Braves Annual Sports Banquet.