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Westchester ‘PACE Olympics’ Celebrates Diversity, Builds Community

With the 2016 Summer Olympics only a few weeks away, The CenterLight PACE Westchester site in Greenburgh recently concluded its own version of the renowned, international sporting event.

Just like the official games, The PACE Olympics featured an opening and closing ceremony, which included the flags, as well as the national anthems of each participant’s home country. To show their national pride, the participants also designed headbands decorated with the flags of their home countries, and wore them proudly throughout the week-long event.

“These games were intended to build members’ motor skills, as well as enhance their socialization skills,” said Tom Ciavarello, Westchester DHC Manager. “Our sense of community was strengthened. But most important of all, everyone had fun!”

The PACE Center offered a different event each day, including mini golf, basketball, bowling, fishing and hockey. The object of the games, was for the members to accumulate as many points as possible throughout the various events. At the end of the week, the top three scorers were recognized as Olympic champions.

During the closing ceremony, the Bronze medal was awarded to Almeter Grady (USA), the Silver medal was awarded to Gloria Hernandez (Puerto Rico), and the Gold medal was awarded to Pamela Rose (Jamaica).  In addition to their medals, Pamela, Gloria, and Almeter also received special t-shirts created by the Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

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