Wheelabrator Lauded for Support of Agganis Special Olympics
SAUGUS, Mass. — Oct. 6 2014 — Special Olympics organizer Steve Agganis recognized Wheelabrator Saugus this week for its long-standing support of the Agganis Special Olympics.
The company participated as the lead sponsor of this year’s games held in September at World Series Park. “Wheelabrator has been our largest supporter since day one,” said Agganis, who runs the competition along with World Series Park Superintendent Bob Davis. “Wheelabrator employees are wonderful people who truly care about the community.”
Agganis, who started the local Special Olympics games in 2006, said he is grateful for the support that has enabled the competition to grow from a few softball games into a premier event.
Two hundred athletes competed at the ninth annual games. More than 1,000 attendees gathered to witness the contests, which included softball, flag football and an obstacle course.
“We wish to commend all of the participating athletes for their motivation and outstanding performance at the 2014 games,” said Wheelabrator Saugus Plant Manager Eric Lucier. “The heart and soul that these athletes put into the competition is inspiring to all of us. We are honored to partner with Steve and Bob each year and support Saugus athletes in their endeavors.”
“I can’t thank Wheelabrator enough,” said Agganis, whose 13-year-old son, Gerry, has Down syndrome. “Eric and his staff have been phenomenal to work with.”
U.S. Olympian and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, who garnered a silver medal at the 1994 Olympics, attended the event. The Olympian engaged local fans, posed for pictures, signed autographs and encouraged the athletes in their endeavors. The event also featured pony rides, a moon bounce, entertainment and food and drinks.
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