Civic leaders from the city, county, and law enforcement gathered at McNally Park on Saturday morning for the kick-off rally for next month’s Jesse Owens Games. This is the 27th year for the annual event and for director Donald Holley, who organizes the games for boys and girls ages 3-14.
According to Holley, the kick-off rally was named three years ago in honor of the late city councilman, Sam Armentrout, and this year included his recently deceased daughter, Samantha. Armentrout was a strong advocate of the games and for the youth of Madera.
Registration for the children was from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with more than 75 youth registering for the games that will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School on May 10. In attendance were council members Gary Svanda, and Sally Bomprezzi, City Manager David Tooley, Police Chief Steve Frazier, and Supervisor Max Rodriguez.
Each participant of the competition will be given a T-shirt and trophy. Event winners in the running, jumping and throwing competition receive ribbons...