Sixty youths participated in running, jumping and throwing events in the annual Jesse Owens games at Martin Luther King Middle School on Saturday. This is the 26th year that Councilman Donald Holley has organized boys and girls, ages 4 to 12, from the McNally Park area to compete in the games.
Before the opening ceremony and during three weeks of practices at McNally Park, Holley stressed sportsmanship and friendship to the many children of all ages.
“This is a recreation event that teaches kids to get along. Everyone is a winner,” said Holley.
Present on an ever-warming summer-like day was Mayor Robert Poythress, council members Gary Svanda and Sally Bomprezzi, city officials Jim Taubert and Dave Merchen, retired police chief Michael Kime, and Supervisor Rick Farinelli. Also present was King vice-principal Manuel Aquino, who was instrumental in preparing the facility and track for the event...