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Kiwanis Club thanks those who worked on Junior Olympics

Editor, The Beacon:

The DeLand Kiwanis Club for 74 years has presented to the youth of DeLand and the surrounding area a program known as Junior Olympics. This took place April 28 on the DeLand High School track.

The corporate sponsor of this event for five years has been Mainstreet Community Bank of DeLand.

In presenting this event, a lot of manpower is needed to present the fourth- and fifth-graders with this track meet. This year, as in the past three years, the Rotary Club of Downtown DeLand has assisted in the presentation of this event. Also assisting is the DeLand High School track team, along with coaches Jim Lowenstein and Chris Madzik, the Key Club of DeLand High School, the Circle K International Club of Stetson University, and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority of Stetson University.

The Junior Olympics would not happen unless elementary-school coaches are willing to volunteer their Saturday morning to allow their students to participate in this once-a-year event.

The Kiwanis Club would publicly like to thank all of these groups for their assistance in putting on this event. More than 300 fourth- and fifth-graders participated in the Junior Olympics this year, which also brought out more than 300 spectators to the DeLand High track.

All the event winners came home with medals, while the next five places claimed ribbons. Also, the Les Ferrell Sportsmanship Trophy went to Orange City Elementary, while the Coach Bill Underhill Memorial High-Point Trophy went to Woodward Avenue Elementary.

Thank you,

The DeLand Kiwanis Club and event director Tony Tussing