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Kids participate in Wacky Olympics

By Shelley Smithssmith@salisburypost.com
The J.F. Hurley YMCA joined 7,500 communities and 1 million Americans Thursday to celebrate afterschool programs during the Afterschool Alliance for Lights on Afterschool!, a nationwide event highlighting the importance of afterschool programs.
Six different afterschool YMCA programs (Isenberg, Hanford/Dole, North Rowan, Koontz, Overton and Hurley elementary schools) attended the Wacky Olympics, with more than 100 students participating in five events.
The events were timed and included “Over and Under,” “Ship to Shore,” “Hula Go-Round,” “Cup Stacks,” and “Mix it Up.” Teamwork was essential for each event.
“This is our ninth year of Wacky Olympics, and the kids love it,” said Sheilah Gainer, Family Services Director for the J.F. Hurley YMCA. “We’re just having fun.”
“I love coming to the Wacky Olympics because you get to be around other schools and you get to have fun,” said 11-year-old Shanelle Thompson. “No matter if you win or lose, it only matters if you’re having fun.”
“It’s fun to come out here and be with friends and other kids,” said 12-year-old Alexis Woodson. “Everyone is a good sport.”
Hanford/Dole ended up having the best overall time for the events, but everyone went home a winner, receiving a prize and certificate of participation.

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