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History of Special Olympics Cass County

1969
Woodlawn Center started its program with Track & Field under the watchful eye of Virginia and Tom Baker.

1970
Woodlawn Center sent athletes to the first summer games in Terre Haute in June -$14 entry fee.

1971
Kraig Dawalt, Mike Smith, Sandy McKeever and Sherryl Martin were instrumental in starting the Logansport Community School Program. Their first Logansport Meet was Monday, May 17. Athletes went to Terre Haute in June. The youth program was in effect until 1988.

1975
Woodlawn Center offers bowling. With Pat Swank, Connie Hickman, Elizabeth Bell-Knerr and George Knerr as coaches and coordinators, a team of 18 was established.

1978
Woodlawn Center bowling team boasts of 88 athletes.

1991
Woodlawn Center hosts its first annual track meet, the Big 6, inviting six teams to the meet.

1992
Jim and Enid Callaghan reinstate the youth program. It consisted of five athletes that first year. Woodlawn Center was very active with their adult athletes. Woodlawn Center had about 60 active athletes.

1998
Woodlawn Center, Logansport Schools and Logansport State Hospital combine to establish the Cass County Program. Enid Callaghan, Kathy Courtad and Dan Lonsinger created a plan to market and broaden the Special Olympics program in Logansport. The plan was discussed and broadened and met with enthusiastic support from the State Office. Cass County starts an aquatics program with ten athletes.

1998
The Callaghan Family won the Family Spirit Award for State

1999
Cass County starts a golf team, our first unified sport. First annual luncheon slated in February with Carl Erskine, former major league baseball player and father to a Special Olympian athlete, as the guest speaker with 160 guests from the community attending at the Holiday Inn in Logansport. First time hosting the basketball sectional at Logansport High School. Many volunteers in the community stepped in to help Special Olympics Cass County. The first annual golf tournament was held in Logansport at Dykeman Golf Course. Over 20 teams participated. This has become the largest fundraiser for Special Olympics Cass County.

2000
Cass County named #1 County in the State, meeting the accreditation criteria. Big 6 Track Meet changes its name to Bell Invitational, named after Betty Bell, wife of Jim Bell, parent of Kevin Bell, Special Olympics athlete. Betty passed away in 1999 and was a volunteer for many years for Special Olympics. Jim has stayed very active with Special Olympics Cass County, coaching and coordinating events throughout the year.

2001
The Bell Family won the Family Spirit Award for State

Area Spirit Winners: Bobby Knapp - Athlete Spirit Award
Cinda Milan - Coach Spirit Award
Kathy Courtad - Volunteer Spirit Award


2002
Cass County hosted the Area Bowling Tournament in Logansport at Myers East and West Bowling Alleys.

Shari Rombold won the Coach Spirit Award for State

Area Spirit Winner: Jim Baker - Athlete Spirit Award


2003
Area Spirit Winners: Jessica Crook - Athlete Spirit Award
Beth Myers - Coach Spirit Award
Buelo Family - Family Spirit Award


2004
Area Spirit Winners: Sider Family - Family Spirit Award
Deb Lauer - Volunteer Spirit Award


2005
Area Spirit Winner: Rene Hassett - Volunteer Spirit Award

2006
Cinda Milan won the Volunteer Spirit Award for State

Area Spirit Winners: Jessica Crook - Athlete Spirit Award
Barry Jones - Coach Spirit Award


2007
Area Spirit Winner: Kathy Courtad - Volunteer Spirit Award

2009
Kathy Courtad won the Volunteer Spirit Award for State

2010
Area Spirit Winner: Sam Fawley - Athlete Spirit Award

2011
Kevin Callaghan won the Athlete Spirit Award for State

Area Spirit Winners: Ron Muhlethaler - Coach Spirit Award
Lauer Family - Family Spirit Award
Carla Knapp - Volunteer Spirit Award


2012
Area Spirit Winners: Scott Farnham - Coach Spirit Award
Eryn Vail - Volunteer Spirit Award


2013
Area Spirit Winner: Barry Schwenk - Volunteer Spirit Award

2014
Area Spirit Winner: Sam Fawley - Athlete Spirit Award

2016
Area Spirit Winner: Becky Pear - Volunteer Spirit Award


*All dates are to the best of our knowledge.
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