On November 18, SEASPAR hosted our 39th annual Swim Meet for athletes with disabilities at Downers Grove North High School!
The event began in 1978 with the sponsorship of the Downers Grove Kiwanis Club, and it is SEASPAR’s longest-running athletic event.
This year’s event hosted Special Olympics Swimming teams from the Fox Valley, Lily Cache, Northern Illinois, Northwest Suburban, South Suburban, West Suburban, and Western DuPage Special Recreation Associations, as well as the Libertyville Stars Swim Club. A total of 159 athletes competed in 19 individual and relay events.
The Libertyville Stars Swim Club took first place in the Swim Meet. Fox Valley Special Recreation Association took second, and SEASPAR and Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association tied for third place.
Although the Swim Meet is a competitive event, its focus is more on gaining experience early in the Special Olympics Swimming season. Many agencies brought new swimmers, including SEASPAR – all six of the participants in our Developmental Swimming program competed in the event and had a great time!
Our thanks to volunteers from the Benet Academy Boys and Girls Swim Teams and the community who all worked to make the event a success.
View event photos on Flickr or browse the gallery below!