Last Updated on April 23, 2016 by cassnetwork

specialolympicsSpecial Olympics Cass County will host the annual Bell Invitational at Berry Stadium on Saturday, April 23. Ninety-three Special Olympics athletes from 4 counties are registered to compete in various events throughout the day.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:50 a.m. with athletes making their traditional lap around the track. One athlete from each delegation will participate in the lighting of the torch, while Dr. Greg Bell, Olympic Gold Medalist and honorary coach for the day, will declare the games open.

Delegations participating are from Special Olympics Cass County (including Camelot Care Center), and Allen, Pulaski, and Wabash counties.

Track events will include the 10m and 25m unassisted and assisted walks, 25m wheelchair slalom race, motorized and non-motorized wheelchair races, 50m, 400m, and 800m walks, relay races, and 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m runs. Field events will include running long jump, standing long jump, softball throw, tennis ball throw, mini-javelin throw, and shot put. MATP (Motor Activity Training Program) events will also be held.

The Bell Invitational is named for the late Betty Bell, who was an avid volunteer for Special Olympics. Today Jim and Bonnie Bell continue to serve Special Olympics as coaches, event volunteers and Summer Games Coordinators. Bonnie is currently serving as county coordinator for Cass County. The Bells will be presenting ribbons during the day’s activities.

Nearly 130 volunteers from throughout the community will be on hand to host this invitational, including members of the Lewis Cass Jr/Sr High School track team, Logansport High School Diversity Club, and Lincoln Middle School Jr. National Honor Society. Also assisting are Shiloh Christian Church Women’s Fellowship, Daughters of American Revolution, and Logansport Rotary Club.

SOURCE: News release from Special Olympics Cass County