Field day fun-fueled for athletes Hundreds participate in annual Kiwanis Club event

By Julianne Munn

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Bright smiles filled the stadium during the 31st West Citrus Kiwanis Field Day on Friday at Crystal River High School.

Over 300 participants with developmental disabilities from the Key Training Center and Citrus Resource for Exceptional Students in Transition (CREST) School came to have a fun-fueled day of Olympic-style activities.

Outside events included Frisbee toss, soccer kick, softball throw and relay races, while inside of the air-conditioned gym was putt-putt golf, basketball and lawn bowling.

For 31 years, the West Citrus Kiwanis Club has made it its mission to put on a day of fun, recreation and competition where all participants earn accolades for their enthusiasm, involvement and achievements.

“We are dedicated to our disabled children and adults,” said Kiwanis volunteer Gary Williams. “We enjoy doing this work. I am trying to get other Kiwanis Clubs involved to add more excitement. They love seeing everyone smiling and cheering them on; it fills their hearts as much as ours.”

The event kicked off with the Crystal River High School marching band performing, followed by a ceremonial torch run featuring Jeremia June. The crowd cheered enthusiastically as the games began.

“This is just a fabulous event where the community comes together to celebrate the skills, talents and personalities of these beautiful people — and we thank them for their dedication,” said Key Training Center Executive Director Melissa Walker. “It is great for our adults to interact with younger students, and it is perfect for the students of the (Crystal River High School) Health Academy to interact with them and to learn they are truly exceptional.”

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