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Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey · Page 40

Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Wednesday, May 17, 1989
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C4 Asbury Park PressWednesday, May 17, 1989 : 5 Event gives special children special thrills By ERIC STENSON Press Staff Writer ' LITTLE SILVER To see a row of wheelchair-bound children jubilant over their ribbons for athletic achievement graphically illustrates the purpose of the Tournament of Champions. ' American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s Telephone Pioneers of America and Future Pioneers sponsored the event Saturday at Red Bank Regional High School. In her fourth year of participation and first year as chairman, Janice Low supervised nearly 200 Pioneer volunteers and 745 registered contestants. Ms. Low stressed the importance of achievement for the children. "For a mother to see her child compete is the best Mother's Day present of all," she said. ; Fields of competition included basketball foul shooting, running events, Softball throwing, an obstacle course, flying disc throwing, soccer dribbling, as well as a slalom through cones for wheelchair ath letes. Ms. Low said that children in wheelchairs participated in most of the events, with some modifications. She explained, "We lower the hoop for foul shooting, and there is also a ground-level basket shoot" Athletes are separated into age groups and heats are run at their schools beforehand, with each age group separated into divisions to keep each event evenly competitive, Ms. Low said. Lynn Price, 9, of West Freehold School, Freehold Township, participated in the discus throw, Softball throw and 50-meter race. When asked if she , was happy with her performance, she said simply, "yeah." Sean Bailey, 10, from the Shrewsbury School, is a four-year veteran of the tournament, participating this year in basketball foul shooting, Softball throwing and the 50-meter run. He summed up his performance by saying, "I did OK." Ms. Low and her committee of volunteers have been working since September planning the day. Volunteers were everywhere registering contestants, recording scores and walking throughout the field area dressed as clowns, entertaining the participants and posing for pictures. John Barrett served as equipment coordinator. An experienced tournament volunteer, Barrett said, "I did foul shooting last year, and I decided to take a bigger role this year. The kids are great, they are really enjoying themselves." Sandy Swier headed the five-person committee in charge of fund-raising and also staffed the food booth. Gathering donations was not a big problem, she said, with companies including Grand Union, Foodtown and General Biscuit donating lunches for the athletes and volunteers. The teachers who bring school groups served as coaches for the events. Tish Weldon and Marie Elliott, special education teachers from Marlboro Township Middle School, went from event to event with their students. "We have been coming for maybe four years," Ms. Weldon said. "It is very well-organized and the kids love it" Day camp contracts awarded Press Freehold Bureau : FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP The Monmouth County Board of Services last night authorized contracts to send children to day camp this summer. ; Last year, 1,030 children with special needs or those participating in the Aid to Families with Dependent Chil dren program went to summer camp through the same program. The board agreed to use camps run by 18 operators, which will provide services from June 12 to Sept 8. There are income eligibility requirements for a child's participation, but welfare eligibility is not required for children with special needs. Paul Kiernan, former sheriff, in hospital Press Staff Report ? LONG BRANCH Paul Kiernan Sr., 83, a former Monmouth County Sheriff was in satisfactory condition at Monmouth Medical Center, here, a hospital spokeswoman said last night The hospital would not release more information last night ? Kiernan served as sheriff from 1965 to the early 1980s. 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