About 150 Special Olympics Athletes from the Tri-Valley Region of the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Burbank and Glendale areas will compete in the Third Annual CV CAN Games.
The track and field event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 at Susan Osborne field at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Avenue in La Crescenta.
Athletes of all ages have been training and preparing to compete in various walks, runs, relays, and wheelchair races as well as field events to include softball toss, long jump and shot put. The days festivities begin with athlete registration at 8 a.m., Olympic Gold Medalist and California Special Olympics founding father Rafer Johnson will serve as Master of Ceremonies and open the games at 9 a.m., with competition beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be awards presentations throughout the day as well as breakfast and lunch served for all athletes and volunteers. The Crescenta Valley High School band and cheerleaders are also scheduled to perform.
Up to 200 volunteers are needed to help organize and run the competition, serve food and water, as well as to help organize and support the athletes and their families. Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can contact Kim Villa at Kim.Villa@montrosechurch.org.
The Tri-Valley Special Olympics was established nearly 20 years ago and serves nearly 1000 athletes. The mission of the Tri-Valley Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. The athletes train year round and in addition to track and field events they also participate in Basketball, Equestrian, Softball, Aquatics, Bowling, Gymnastics, and Roller Skating events and competitions at various venues throughout the year.
Established in 2003, CV CAN, an acronym for Crescenta Valley Committed to Athletic Needs, is a non-profit La Crescenta based community organization instrumental in raising the money needed to install the state of the art synthetic track and turf at Crescenta Valley High School in 2006. The group has also funded several smaller projects and initiatives for local community athletic groups from youth to senior citizens. The CV CAN vision is to work together with the community to serve as a resource and catalyst to actively promote the improvement of community athletic facilities as well as to promote fitness and well-being.