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Updated: 04/06/2014 08:00:01AM

Special Olympics Field Day at Rotonda Elks Lodge

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SUN PHOTO BY NIKI LeVESSEUR

Jana Adams (left) and Hazel Charbonneau get ready to run at the Special Olympics field day held at the Rotonda Elks Club on Saturday. Organizers are looking for volunteer coaches in the Engelwood area so more activities for special needs children and adults can be held.

SUN PHOTO BY NIKI LeVESSEUR

Coach Diane Francoletti smiles with her sons, athlete Christopher Melvin (right) and newly certified soccer coach Dan Melvin, at the Special Olympics field day at the Rotonda Elks Club Saturday.

SUN PHOTO BY NIKI LeVESSEUR

Special Olympics athlete Joe Basile plays corn hole for the first time. Joes’s mother Nancy Basile would like to see more volunteers and athletes in the Engelwood area.

By NIKI LeVESSEUR

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ROTONDA WEST — Individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families and caregivers gathered for a day of fun at the Rotonda Elks Lodge Saturday. Softball, bocce, soccer, track and field and other activities filled the day.

“This is an opportunity for people to come out and meet the athletes and for athletes to try some different sports,” explained Gena Davis, director of Special Olympics of Charlotte County. “We understand there are lots of potential athletes in the Englewood area. We’re holding this field day to recruit the volunteers we need to run future competitions here. Our biggest need is for swimming coaches. We have time available at the pool at San Casa, but we need coaches. We can offer free certification, but we need volunteers who have some experience with swimming.”

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