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Recap: Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games 2019
Director Jeff Davis, Gov. Mike DeWine, and woman athlete

On Saturday, June 29, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Director Jeff Davis joined Gov. Mike DeWine at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University to witness the 50th Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games.

“I was proud to cheer on the athletes this morning during the 50th Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games!” said the governor on Saturday. “More than 2,800 athletes compete in everything from bocce to track and field to competitive cheer. Their enthusiasm was inspiring.”

People at the Special Olympics competitionGov. DeWine and Director Davis arrived for the opening of the events and watched the 800-meter walk, mini javelin, and shot put. The governor also participated in several award ceremonies, handing out medals to the competition’s top athletes.

“It was an honor and a joy to see the hard work and dedication of these athletes on display at the Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games,” Director Davis said. “I want to thank Gov. DeWine for visiting and for his continued support of Ohioans with developmental disabilities.”

Rob DuVall, vice president of marketing and development for the summer games, said the competition flourishes with the continued support of DODD and the governor’s office.

“Ohioans are better together, and we look forward to exploring new and exciting opportunities to collaborate for the empowerment of our athletes and shared communities.”

For more information about Special Olympics Ohio, visit https://sooh.org/.