Monroe County

Lots of fun at Arc of Monroe’s winter games

Rochester, New York — The Arc of Monroe’s Ballantyne Day Service Program will host its own winter games over the next week.
People with different abilities have a chance to go for the gold in events like curling, target shooting, hockey, and bobsledding.
The goal is to bring everyone together to work as a team – and enjoy a little friendly competition.
“They do get very excited and it’s nice to see them every morning expressing their enthusiasm and they wanna know what event they’re doing today and when they’re gonna be out in the gym,” said Julie Keeney, fitness/recreation specialist at Ballantyne. “It’s just a nice vibe and kind of wakes up the whole building.”
“We’re doing curling and sharpshooting, plus the Olympics is really special to me because in 1981 I was Monroe County swim champion for Special Olympics,” said Pat Gurnett, one of the competitors.
When asked how badly she wanted to win, Cathy Vadala replied, “Real bad!”
“But if anybody else wins, it’s okay,” she said. “It’s all fun.”
The games will end with an official closing ceremony next Thursday.

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