District 40 of the Knights of Columbus kicked off its Ontario Special Olympics flag relay by having members of the St. Clair Catholic District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) sign the flag, as it begins its trek towards the provincial games in Durham.
Six Special Olympics flags will be criss-crossing the province on their way to Durham. The District 40 flag relay began in Wallaceburg before heading to Port Lambton, Corunna, Petrolia, Watford and St. Clair Township.
“The Knights of Columbus have been a major sponsor of Special Olympics since the first games were held in Chicago in 1968,” says Mike Hendrycks, District 40 Deputy. “The event has grown every year and now there are more than 18,000 athletes in Ontario alone.”
Since 1968, the Knights of Columbus organization has raised more than $500 million in support of the Special Olympics.
“We are proud of the Knights of Columbus and their work to support this important event and the many skilled and dedicated athletes, who compete each year,” says Deb Crawford, Superintendent of Education and Board Advisor to SEAC.
The Ontario Special Olympics in Durham will be held from June 1st to 3rd.
In the photo above, (L-R) St. Clair Catholic Vice Chair Michelle Parks and Trustee Brenda Rumble add their signatures to the Special Olympics District 40 flag. In the photo at right representing the Knights of Columbus are (Front Row L-R) John Gilmore, Deputy Grand Knight, Port Lambton Council; Mike Hendrycks, District 40 Deputy; and Peter Driessens, Port Lambton Council. Representing the Special Education Advisory Committee are (Back Row L-R) Kathy Arcuri-Arnot, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children; Derek McGivern, Community Living Wallaceburg; Derek Jane, Community Living Chatham-Kent; Brenda Rumble, Trustee, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Kim D'Hooghe, Down Syndrome Association Lambton County; Michelle Parks, Vice Chair, St. Clair Catholic DSB; Melissa Perry, Epilepsy Support Centre; and Deb Crawford, Superintendent of Education, St. Clair Catholic DSB.