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Troy Special Olympics students earn ‘Team of Year’

SHOREWOOD – Special Olympics students at Troy School District 30C were named “Team of the Year” at the 2015 Special Olympics Illinois Spring Games May 2 in South Holland.

There were more than 800 participants in this year’s competition for Area 7, which includes all of Will County and parts of Cook County, according to Special Olympics Illinois.

Troy’s Special Olympics Athletic Director and Head Coach Kim Rothstein said the award is given to the team that best incorporated new plans and ideas into its program, according to a news release from the district.

Troy’s Special Olympics program began in 2008. This year, the program expanded to allow children ages 2 to 7 to compete, and included William B. Orenic Intermediate School’s LEAD Club students as volunteer coaches.

“Our athletes work very hard,” Rothstein said in the news release, “and it was apparent on Saturday with the number of ribbons and medals we took home.”

Bringing home gold medals from Troy schools were: Adam Arias, eighth grade, for softball throw; Kaytia Jones, fifth grade, for 100-m run; Cami Bryant, eighth grade, for softball throw; Hanah Smith, eighth grade, for softball throw; Justin Orta, fourth grade, for the 100-m run and softball throw; Lawson Sizemore, sixth grade, for motorized 50-m slalom and tennis ball throw; Mark Harrelson, fifth grade, for 100-m run; and Seren Jenkins, fourth grade, for 100-m run and softball throw.

Other Troy athletes who competed were: Sarah Schutter, Caroline Collins, Carly Ruddy, Jonah Gonda, Henry Bilus, Lilly Jameson, Zoe Barnes, Ashley Castillo and Layla Mozaffarzadeh.

The Special Olympians were from Troy Crossroads Elementary and Troy Craughwell Elementary Schools, William B. Orenic Intermediate School and Troy Middle School.

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