Md. Games open tonight at Towson St. Special Olympics

June 07, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Kai Mosby won't have to travel to Atlanta or wait until next month to fulfill his Olympic dream. He and more than 1,200 other athletes with developmental disabilities will get their chance to go for the gold in this weekend's Maryland Special Olympics Summer Games at Towson State University.

The 27th annual event begins with tonight's opening ceremonies, which include the lighting of the torch, a parade of athletes and a fireworks show. Tomorrow and Sunday, the athletes will compete in a variety of sporting events, including aquatics, power lifting, equestrian, track and field, softball and volleyball.

"We encourage the community to come to the Summer Games for an experience they will never forget," said Dr. Patricia Krebs, president and chief executive officer of the Maryland Special Olympics. "People gain a new understanding of the diverse abilities of our athletes, and the spirit of Special Olympics changes their lives forever."

Mosby, an avid snow skier who is deaf and mildly retarded, has taken part in the Summer Games for seven years and has competed in a variety of sports. This year, the 24-year-old Joppatowne resident will focus solely on softball and try to help his team improve on its second-place finish last year.

Kai's mother, Tami Mosby-Byrd, said her only child has been counting the days -- and the hours -- until the first pitch.

Tico Clawson, a 19-year-old athlete from Baltimore, has not only qualified for this weekend's event at Towson State, but he has also won a place on the U.S. Paralympics Team that will compete in the Paralympics, an elite sports competition for athletes with disabilities, this August in Atlanta.

Clawson, who will travel to Atlanta later this month to participate in a Special Olympics demonstration track event, recently placed third in the 200 meters at the Potomac All-Comers event in a Special Olympics record time of 22.9 seconds.

Pub Date: 6/07/96

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