The St. Ann Special Athlete Fun Day is for special athletes from every school and church throughout the Memphis area. This event began in 1991 now 25 years strong, with former associate pastor Fr. Eric Peterson organizing a small group of parishioners to minister to the citizens of our community with physical or mental handicap. Over 100 special athletes compete in various track and field events including wheelchair events, Frisbee throw, softball throw, 25 meter race and a soccer event.
Over 250 volunteers help to make
this day happen.
Volunteers participate as angels for the participants, making sure they are at each of their events throughout the day, cheering them on during their events, and giving their parents or guardians the opportunity to sit back and watch and enjoy their child as he or she participates in the events.
Other volunteers help with set up and clean up, registration, opening ceremonies, track and field events, cheerleading and cheering our athletes on, giving ribbons and medals to the participants, and much more. Volunteers can earn
service hours for their time and hard work.
There is a place just for you to help these special athletes.
Volunteers come from our own parish organizations, individual parishioners, college Greek organizations, the Al Chymia Clowns, Memphis Light, Gas & Water, the Memphis Fire Department, and the medical community.
If you cannot volunteer, consider donating items for gift bags that are given every year to the athletes. We need items for the bags, especially water bottles, Frisbees, crayons, coloring books, pencils, pens, rulers, magnets, stickers, hats, sunglasses, game cards.
Most importantly of all,
keep all of these very special athletes in your prayers and pray that we will be able to continue to provide this very special ministry to the physically and mentally handicapped citizens of our community.
It is absolutely amazing to see those grins on the athletes' faces, to see their fists raised in eager anticipation of the day, to watch their chests swell with pride when they are given a medal. You will hear one of our participants recite “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” and you will see several special athletes run the torch relay, “lighting” the torch provided by MLGW.