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Pine Island Junior Olympics Saturday

January 17, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The 36th annual Pine Island Junior Olympics will be held this Saturday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m., at the Pine Island/ Bobby Holloway Little League Field.

In a press release from the Lee County Department of Parks and Recreation, Jennifer Valez said, "We are really happy to announce that we will have a very special guest Shelley Gautier. Shelly is a world champion Paralympic athlete who has won both silver and bronze medals along with many other prestigious awards and will be handing out this year's ribbons and trophies."

All participants must be signed up by 9:45 a.m. the day of event to participate.

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Paralympic athlete Shelley Gautier will make an appearance at the Pine Island Junior Olympics.


This event is for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. Each child will compete against children in their own grade and of their own gender. The children will compete in the long jump, 50-yard dash, quarter-mile run, Frisbee toss and softball throw. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, hot dog and soda.

This free, fun event is open to the public so everyone can come out and cheer on the children.

If your child is interested in participating in this annual event, fill out the permission forms sent home by the school or stop by the Matlacha Community Center or the Pine Island Pool and pick one up. Please fill out the forms and return them to the Pine Island Elementary School, the Matlacha Community Center or the Pine Island Pool by Friday, Jan. 19.

The annual event will be sponsored this year by Lee County Parks and Recreation, Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island, Waggoner& Bruehl PA, Team Shevlin at Century 21, Stearns Custom Builders, and Teammates of SunTrust, Pine Island.

For more information on this event, call the Matlacha Community Center at 239-283-4110.



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