By Stephen E. Lipken
Confounding predictions of heavy downpours, the Saturday, June 2 Pelham Civic Association Summer Olympics was held at Glover Field on a brilliant sunny day. An estimated 250 kindergarten through Fifth Grade students participated in Baker’s Dozen; Beat the Oldie Goalie (soccer); Big Ball Push; Football, Frisbee Tosses; Long Jump; Obstacle Course and Tug-of-War. Each grade was distinguished by tee shirt color. In addition, there were multiple track runs.
Noting the great turnout, Scott Brown, PCA Summer Olympics Chairman stated, “We had a great turnout, I am very happy about that. I am also happy about the weather. I have been doing this for several years now and this will be my last year as Chairman. It’s great to see such a large group of volunteers come out and help.”
“The Pelham Summer Olympics is a wonderful event for the community, with many volunteers coming to help. The kids have so much fun and it’s a wonderful way for the Civics to give back to the community,” Pelham Town Councilman Tim Case added.
PCA President Ken Shirreffs praised Brown for doing a fantastic job, “with a terrific group of new members out here helping him.”
Trophies were given to First, Second and Third contestants. Every child received a medal for participating as well as free tee shirts, hot dogs, soda and ice cream. The medallions were donated by Ball Chain Manufacturing Co. Inc., a family-owned business of Civics member and Pelham resident Bill Taubner. In addition, children cooled themselves on a giant Water Slide.
“I think the Pelham Olympics is fantastic,” PCA Board Member Todd Cross shared. “This is my third year being part of it and organizing it. The thing that I love about it is that it brings the entire community together.”