Special Olympics torch, ceremonies at park


By Jeff Gates - For The Madison Press



Columbus Police Officer David Jones has participated in the torch run for close to 20 years. He poses with Madison County Special Olympian Noah Meyer.


Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

Special Olympians and Law Enforcement torch runners pose for a group photo before both groups head to The Ohio Ohio State University for the State Special Olympics Games.


Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for London’s Access Cowling Project at Cowling Park. The playground is being built in memory of Noah Hagmeier. Pictured at Noah’s playground are his mother, father and two brothers, Jenn and Dan, and brothers Jack (in wheelchair) and Fin.


Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

It was a special day at Cowling Park Friday.

Dozens of local residents braved the rain to take part in two special events.

A leg of the tradition Special Olympics Law Enforcement Run made its way through Cowling Park to signify the departure of Madison County’s Special Olympians as they head to compete in the State Games, taking place this weekend at The Ohio State University.

The police officers from around central Ohio gathered at the park’s shelter to await the torch, then head off to Columbus for the special event this weekend.

In addition to the Special Olympics, another phase of London’s Access Cowling Project was unveiled with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the park.

The playground is being built in memory of Noah Hagmeier. On hand to welcome people to Noah’s playground were his parents, Jenn and Dan Hagmeier, and brothers Jack (in wheelchair) and Fin.

Columbus Police Officer David Jones has participated in the torch run for close to 20 years. He poses with Madison County Special Olympian Noah Meyer.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/06/web1_SpecialOlympicstorchholdpiccol.jpgColumbus Police Officer David Jones has participated in the torch run for close to 20 years. He poses with Madison County Special Olympian Noah Meyer. Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

Special Olympians and Law Enforcement torch runners pose for a group photo before both groups head to The Ohio Ohio State University for the State Special Olympics Games.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/06/web1_SpecialOlympicsgrouppiccol.jpgSpecial Olympians and Law Enforcement torch runners pose for a group photo before both groups head to The Ohio Ohio State University for the State Special Olympics Games. Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for London’s Access Cowling Project at Cowling Park. The playground is being built in memory of Noah Hagmeier. Pictured at Noah’s playground are his mother, father and two brothers, Jenn and Dan, and brothers Jack (in wheelchair) and Fin.
http://madison-press.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/06/web1_SpecialOlympicsplaygroundpiccol.jpgA ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday for London’s Access Cowling Project at Cowling Park. The playground is being built in memory of Noah Hagmeier. Pictured at Noah’s playground are his mother, father and two brothers, Jenn and Dan, and brothers Jack (in wheelchair) and Fin. Jeff Gates | For The Madison Press

By Jeff Gates

For The Madison Press

Jeff Gates is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.

Jeff Gates is a contributing writer for The Madison Press.