Flag raised at Navy Yard Park to promote Ontario Special Olympics

 

 

The Knights of Columbus held a flag raising ceremony Saturday morning in Navy Yard Park to help create awareness for Special Olympics.

The Knights of Columbus held a flag raising ceremony Saturday morning in Navy Yard Park to help create awareness for Special Olympics.

By Ron Giofu

 

The Special Olympics Provincial Youth Games will be in Durham June 1-2 but the road to those games included a stop in Amherstburg.

Reg Campbell, District Deputy of Knights of Columbus District 21, said that Ontario Knights of Columbus Councils are participating in a “flag relay” to raise public awareness of Special Olympics and the Knights’ involvement and support for this worthwhile cause. Six flags in locations around Ontario started a journey to the Special Olympics with Essex County being one of the locations.

A flag raising ceremony was held in Navy Yard Park Saturday morning to help promote the cause with K of C councils from Leamington, Kingsville, Harrow and Amherstburg on hand for the event. Special Olympians, many from the LaSalle Spirit athletic club, were on hand to help raise the flag as was Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

DiCarlo, along with all members of council, signed another flag during a break at the Jan. 4 council meeting where the town gave its approval for the ceremony to be held. Members of the public were invited to sign the flag as well during Saturday’s event.

“The Knights of Columbus have sponsored and have been strong supporters of Special Olympics for a number of years,” said Campbell.

Campbell said their goal is to bring awareness of Special Olympics to the communities in which they have councils.

Curtis Scott, London West Diocesan chair, agreed that the flag raising ceremony was a way to increase exposure of Special Olympics and the Knights of Columbus’ involvement in supporting it.

“The Knights have been involved since Day 1,” said Scott. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”

“We’re stepping out of the shadows,” added Campbell.

Janet Morton and Tracy Cormier, coaches and co-organizers with the LaSalle Spirit, said they have roughly 150 athletes in 11 sports with 65-70 coaches. They have athletes going to Newfoundland and the Canada games with the hopes of qualifying for the Special Olympics world games.

DiCarlo said the town is grateful to the Knights of Columbus for bringing the flag raising ceremony to Amherstburg.

“Special Olympics touches a lot of people,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo added the town offers the best of luck to the Special Olympians and thanked those involved for making the flag raising ceremony a reality.

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