Special recognition for special athletes

Michael Temaj and Alberto Bonilla (submitted photo)

Michael Temaj and Alberto Bonilla (submitted photo)

Rain or Shine, the Kiwanis Club of Immokalee held a very special ceremony for the Athletes of Special Olympics and the students of Project UNIFY. This special occasion was set up and put together by members of the Kiwanis Club of Immokalee, Mrs. Kelly Stevenson-Crews, teacher/sponsor of Special Olympics Immokalee and District members of Special Olympics SWFL. Together they worked on an event that would honor the school’s Special Olympics athletes and Project unify partners.

Kiwanis Club of Immoklaee- Danny Campos, center, with Special Olympics SWFL Members David MacKenzie and Ben Wuerbel. (Submitted photo)

Kiwanis Club of Immoklaee- Danny Campos, center, with Special Olympics SWFL Members David MacKenzie and Ben Wuerbel. (Submitted photo)

On June 6, 2016 at the Immokalee I-Tech close to one hundred close friends, family and student athletes, enjoyed a night of remembering their accomplishments of the past year. Along with the musical vocals of the one and only Mr. Manny Touron.

Club President-Danny Campos welcomed everyone to the ceremony and lead them with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.” Director of Young Life Collier- Ariza Reyes led the invocation to bless the night. Mrs. Kelly Stevenson-Crews handed out certificates, plaques and trophies with the help of Mrs. Flor Carranza and Danny Campos.

All present enjoyed the night of celebration with a great slide show of the year’s events, an inspirational essay by Tajha, one of the athletes and delicious food prepared by El Taquito #1 and Young Life Collier. The amazing cake was prepared by local baker Mr. Ismael Perez. And IHS Key club helped serve all in attendance.

Special Olympics Director: David McKenzie said this was by far the best ceremony that Special Olympics has had in the County and the entire State! He also mentioned that Immokalee High School’s Special Olympics and Project Unify has always been the trend setter in the county.

The following awards and recognitions were presented to our Special Olympics athletes and project unify partners for the 2015-2016 school year.

Kiwanis Members: Helen Midney, Ron Mosher, Manny Touron and Primotivo Garza. (Submitted photo)

Kiwanis Members: Helen Midney, Ron Mosher, Manny Touron and Primotivo Garza. (Submitted photo)

Most Inspirational Partner from Project UNIFY
Juan-Carlos Jaimes
Most Inspirational Athlete
Alberto Bonilla
Most Improved Athlete
Michael Temaj
Coach of the Year
Davarius Johnson
3 Year Varsity

Project Unify 2015-2016
Alberto Bonilla, Andres Domingo Pedro, Katrina Jackson, Lyns Emetil, Michael Temaj, Lheilha Plantin, Billy Jules, Steven Villarreal, Francisco

Lehlilha Plantin (Submitted photo)

Lehlilha Plantin (Submitted photo)

Diego, Johnathon Vinton

FHSAA State Basketball
3rd Place
Andres Domingo-Pedro, Michael Temaj, Lyns Emetil, Alberto Bonilla, Alex Mateo, Juan Carlos Jaimes, Antonio Jaimes, Damian Gonzalez

Special Olympics State Summer Games
2nd Place – Silver Medalists
Michael Temaj, Steven Villarreal, Juan Carlos Jaimes, Antonio Jaimes, Ben Lucio, Osbaldo Vasquez, Hector Ramirez

The Kiwanis Club of Immokalee would like to give a very BIG “Thank you” to the following for their contribution for such an amazing Awards Banquet. On behalf of the club and Athletes of Special Olympics

“Thank you”
B-Hive Flowers, Manny Touron, Young Life Collier, Fiesta Tents, Inc., I-Tech of Immokalee, El Taquito #1, Ismael Perez, Immokalee High School Key Club

There’s something about athlete Francisco “Kiko” Diego, right, that just makes you smile. He and many other Immokalee athletes were recognized for their amazing efforts and accomplishments recently. (Submitted photos/Sandra Jaimes)

There’s something about athlete Francisco “Kiko” Diego, right, that just makes you smile. He and many other Immokalee athletes were recognized for their amazing efforts and accomplishments recently. (Submitted photos/Sandra Jaimes)

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