Piedmont Special Olympians competed at Summer Games

By Tim Farley, News Editor

Piedmont athletes were among the more than 5,000 special athletes who headed to the 48th Annual Summer Games in Stillwater last week. Held in Stillwater May 17-19 on the Oklahoma State University campus and surrounding areas, this year’s Special Olympics theme was “Pirates: Sailing for the Gold.” It was the 34th year the games were held in Stillwater, a three-day event that featured sporting competitions like bocce, track and field, bowling, golf, horseshoes, basketball and more. Events were held at Boone Pickens Stadium, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater High School and more. “We pretty much just take over the entire area during that time,” said Donna Ham, SOOK media and public relations coordinator. Elaina Roberts was one of the Piedmont athletes who took part in the Summer Games. As she walked through the Olympic Village before her softball throw event, family members said she was enjoying her time in Stillwater.

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Piedmont Special Olympian Elaina Roberts shows her form while competing in the softball throw during the Special Olympics in Stillwater May 17-19. (Photo by Traci Chapman)

Piedmont police join ‘Click It or Ticket’ As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, Piedmont Police Department is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year. “Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Piedmont Police Chief Scott Singer. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle. As the Memorial Day weekend approaches and the summer vacation season ramps up, we want to keep our community safe and make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash: buckling up. If the enforcement crackdown wakes people up to the dangers of unrestrained driving and gets them to buckle up, we’ll consider it a success.”