The Logan County Braves and their supporters are celebrating 50 years of Special Olympics.
They held their annual Fall Sports Banquet marking the golden anniversary Oct. 29 at the First Church of God in Bellefontaine.
Logan County Special Olympics Coordinator Rose Canter led the event, which featured dinner and awards for coaches, volunteers, sponsors and athletes.
Many Logan County Special Olympics veteran athletes have been a part of competitions since the beginning. Canter explains their bond goes beyond sports. She says, “It’s meant friendship. It’s meant camaraderie and companionship. The competition is there, but at the same time it’s supporting each other. Seeing these guys that were friends when they started, back when they were young, they’re still friends now. They still support each other in everything they do.”
Canter used past Logan County Braves T-shirts and a banner from the original Logan County Special Olympics Team, the Ludlow Center Indians, to decorate the stage. Participants also received vintage certificates featuring the signature of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded Special Olympics nationwide in 1968.
Basketball Coach Mike Predmore received the annual Wilson Award.
Canter says Logan County Special Olympics now boasts nearly 120 athletes competing in basketball, bowling, equestrian sports, softball, track and field and adaptive sports year round.
Submitted on behalf of Logan County Special Olympics.