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In 2006, Lincoln Comer — Director of Special Olympics and Community Recreation for Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities — was approached by a number of Special Olympics athletes, asking if they could have a football team.
At that time, the Madison County Tigers had already earned a strong reputation across Ohio for fielding championship teams in other sports such as basketball, softball and volleyball.
For Comer and his athletes, the transition to the gridiron was a logical step.
Unfortunately, football was not a sport sanctioned by Special Olympics Ohio at that time so Comer hatched the Mid-Ohio Flag Football League.
And while the State of Ohio has yet to sanction Flag Football as an ‘official’ Special Olympics sport, it has not stopped Madison County from fielding a team and sponsoring a tournament each of the last 11 years.
“It has always been the league’s hope that one day Ohio would eventually pick up flag football as a team sport,” Comer said.
That hope is now reality as Special Olympics Ohio will hold its first tournament for the newly-sanctioned sport on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the campuses of MCBDD and Fairhaven School, 500 Elm St. in London. The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with games going well-into the afternoon. Madison County plays at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
There are 14 teams slated to participate from throughout the state of Ohio. Counties involved are ones that are close by, but also some as far away as Hamilton and Tuscarawas.
In addition to the flag football games, activities for the whole family will be taking place all day long.
“People should be proud that Ohio Special Olympics Flag Football is born in Madison County,” Comer said. “Come be a part of history.”
This article has been reproduced for educational purposes only and appeared in the Madison Press. The original story can be found at: http://www.madison-press.com/sports/270671/county-to-host-flag-football-tourney
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