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Gestautas: Summer fun at Tri County SRA

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Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 3:40 p.m. CDT
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Karen Gestautas is the public information coordinator for Tri County Special Recreation Association.

Tri County SRA provides recreational opportunities for children, teens and adults with special needs and abilities by offering a full range of programs, including Special Olympics, adaptive sports, dances, special events, day camps, social clubs and more. Tri County SRA is a cooperative extension of the Village of Romeoville, Lockport Township Park District and the Lemont Park District.

Our popular day camp program went on location July 12 with Brookfield Zoo at Willow Walk Park in Lockport. 60 campers from Tri County SRA and Lockport Park District camps were split into groups and alternated going to four different stations (making and decorating a pair of binoculars, decorating a finger puppet, planting flowers and learning about four different animals - guinea pig, snake, owl and turtle) handled by Brookfield Zoo staff members. Thanks to State Representative Emily McAsey and Brookfield Zoo for planning this event. Later that evening, we hosted our Hawaiian luau dance at the Romeoville Recreation Center. 240 participants from seven neighboring agencies made it a night to remember full of music, dancing and dinner.

On July 14, the ITRS Softball Tournament took place at Volunteer Park in Romeoville. 11 teams competed. Tri County’s team was able to overtake Lily Cache SRA’s team 9 to 0. But even though a valiant comeback was in the making, we fell short against Northern Suburban SRA’s team with a score of 6 to 5. Our team won second place overall.

We are proud to announce the achievements of our Special Olympic golfers. The Area 1 Golf Tournament took place on July 15 at the Chicago Heights Park District course. David and Gus DeGuilio took the gold medal, Laura and Karen Bolf took the silver medal, Isaac and Gary Ziebell took the bronze medal and the teams of Tim Bodner and Linda Schroeder and Eric Kueltzo and Todd Bean took fourth place.

Coming up soon are the All Star Sports Camp, July 22 to 26 at College View Park, Safety Village Camp, July 31 to Aug. 2 at Lemont Safety Village, District Softball on Aug. 4 at Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet, Fun in the Sun Swim Camp on Aug. 5 to 9 and Area Bowling at T&C Lanes Orland Bowl in Orland Park.

For information about us, contact our office at 815-407-1819 or visit our website: www.tricountysra.org.

Karen Gestautas is the public information coordinator for the Tri County Special Recreation Association

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