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Gestautas: Awards, events, programs and more this fall at Tri County Special Rec

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At the Aug. 20 Lemont Park District meeting of the board of commissioners, Lemont Park District presented Tri County Special Recreation Association participant Michaela Tauer with a Community Highlight Recognition for her Special Olympic accomplishments and community involvement. Tri County staff members Alyssa Feulner and Justin Banks were also honored by the Park District, with each receiving a Customer Service Recognition Award. Congratulations to all!

On Aug. 13, the Lemont Lions softball team faced off against our Wolves at the park district field. The Wolves won, 11 to 9! Thank you to everyone who came out. An especially big “thank you” goes out to the Lions for providing the great food. Their generosity is so appreciated.

Some of our participants and staff will be collecting for the Lions Candy Days on Oct. 10 to 12. Please help us help the Lions and their community efforts. If you would like to volunteer to collect, please contact Kathy Ochromowicz at 815-407-1819 ext. 203 to arrange for a two-hour time slot.

Every year, Tri County SRA holds a Recognition Dinner Dance to recognize the accomplishments of our participants, volunteers and staff. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 18. I will be sure to inform you of our award winners as soon as they are made public.

Our Fall Program Guide is available in printed form or you can download it from our website at

Our staff has developed programs for everyone, including interesting day trips (Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm and the I & M Canal Walk are among them), art and music programs and family fun, including bingo and our holiday party.

Programs for children feature Sharks Junior Basketball, an after school activity program called “Busy Bodies” and more. Your child can even learn to ride a bike with us! For teens and adults, we have several trips to restaurants, seasonal and holiday attractions and sports games available. There are an array of dances scheduled for fall fun. We also offer camps and School’s Day Out programs. Special Olympics programs run the gamut, from basketball to swimming. For those with physical challenges, we offer goal ball, sled hockey and wheelchair basketball.

It is sure to be an exciting season at the SRA. Register early to reserve your place.

For more information about us, contact our office at 815-407-1819 or visit our website at

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

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