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2017 Special Olympic Games in Malden

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mayor Gary Christenson assisted Malden High School Principal Ted Lombardi and Interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Grandson in opening the 2017 ceremony of the Malden School Day Special Olympics Games on Thursday, May 4th at Macdonald Stadium. This is the 14th year these games are being played in Malden. More than 430 Special Olympic Athletes from Medford, Melrose, Wakefield, Reading and other towns competed in this year’s games! The Malden Special Education Department also took part in the event and lunch was provided by the Malden Public Schools. All volunteers were Malden High School students who spent many hours preparing for the day’s events by setting up crafts and face painting stations the night before and carefully preparing a playlist of appropriate songs for the athletes.

On game day Malden High students ran the activities and helped and encouraged the athletes in running track, an assisted walk, wheelchair race, 25-200 yard dash runs, tennis, softball and tennis throwing events and other games. Malden High students also handed out awards and made sure all athletes had a wonderful experience.

Mayor Christenson greets athletes as they arrive

Participants are welcomed to the games

Interim Superintendent Dr. Charles Grandson, School Committee Member Emmanuel Marsh and Mayor Christenson cheer on the athletes

A young athlete is congratulated as he completes an event

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden