Special Olympics Recognizes Somerset County
SOMERVILLE – Larry Hanko, area director of Special Olympics Somerset County, attended a meeting of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders to thank and recognize members of the county Roads and Bridges Division and the Somerset County Department of Corrections for their support of Special Olympics over the last 24 years.
Special Olympics Somerset County holds its annual track and field meet at John Basilone Memorial Field in Bridgewater for about 375 special need athletes. Transforming the field into a venue that will accommodate a variety of athletic competitions requires a lot of effort.
To help with this endeavor, Somerset County Roads and Bridges loans and delivers supplies, including traffic barrels, fencing and traffic cones, that help volunteers arrange activities. Members of the Somerset County Department of Corrections oversee set up for competitions and the process of taking everything down and cleaning the field after the Special Olympics is over.
“Without both of these departments, we would not be able to make this annual event so meaningful for our Special Needs population in Somerset County,” said Area Director Hanko. “We are truly grateful for the years of dedication and cooperation of Vinny Russo, Sheriff Provenzano and their respective staffs.”
At a Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting, Larry Hanko (far right), area director of Special Olympics Somerset County, presented special plaques to members of the Somerset County Corrections Department and the county Roads and Bridges Division in recognition of their years of support for Special Olympics Somerset County. Representing the county, from left to right, are county Roads & Bridges Supervisor Vincenzo Russo, Corrections Officer Lt. Keith Covert, Corrections Officer Chief Frank Apisa, Col. Richard Borden, Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano and Freeholder Deputy Director Brian D. Levine.