Special Olympics Detroit games set for Friday at Renaissance High

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Cody High’s Marcus Hill will have the honor of reciting the Special Olympic oath Friday at Renaissance High School, where he’ll be among 700 athletes giving meaning to those words by competing in the 32nd anniversary Special Olympics Detroit Local Games.

The track event features competition in five events — 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, standing long jump, softball throw, and M.A.T.P. (Motor Activity Training Program) – with the purpose of allowing the athletes to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families and other
Special Olympics athletes.

Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb will be among the featured speakers, Renaissance High’s ROTC will serve as color guard and Lessenger K-8 Academy’s Beverly Brown and Mann Elementary’s David Chapman will be honored as Coach of the Year and Outstanding Volunteer, respectively.

The parade of athletes begins at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies 10:20 a.m. More than 200 volunteers and 48 coaches are involved with this year’s event, a major part of the year-round Special Olympics program.

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