39th Annual Mini Olympics
The 39th Annual Mini Olympics was held June 1, 2016 at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium.
This event, run by the Physical Education teachers of the Worcester Public Schools, included over 400 student-athletes from each of the 34 Worcester Public Schools. They competed in track and field events. Students were chosen by their Physical Education teacher, for not only their outstanding abilities in track and field but also because they have shown positive leadership skills, great effort in all of their classwork and have the qualities needed to be a good teammate.
This exciting event included an opening ceremony that featured the Burncoat JROTC, a proclamation by the Mayor, and speeches by Worcester School Committee members and the new superintendent Maureen Binienda.
The winner of the 2016 Jimmy O’Donoghue award was announced. This award is given to a Mini Olympian that has shown great sportsmanship throughout the year.
This year we had some special guests. Through the support of Dick’s Sporting Goods we have Jerome Singleton, a Paralympic athlete from the United States who competed and won many gold medals in Track and Field competitions around the world. In 2011 Jerome was known as the fastest amputee on the planet. He was there during the games to talk to students and sign autographs.
Our major sponsor is Worcester Fitness. This Worcester based business has been a sponsor of the Fall and Spring Mini Olympics for four years running. They provided a t-shirt and numbers for every student along with sending many volunteers for the day to help with the event.
We will also had “Jake the Lion,” the mascot from the Worcester Bravehearts of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) of New England. He visited students around the field during the day.
These games are a success because of the Mini Olympic Committee of ten teachers, led by Meg Paradis and Meg McDonald. These individuals work tirelessly all year to make the event fun and exciting for all.
Because of the great success and size of the games, we had the Doherty High School Football team in attendance. These players volunteered to help the Physical Education teachers run the games smoothly.
Winning schools and student-athletes took home trophies and medals donated by the Educational Association of Worcester.
We are also lucky to have the expertise of Channel 3 Worcester and Kill the Ball Media for spreading the news of the successes of the students in the Worcester Public Schools.