Legacy for Tommy Schuman—Leadership Award at 2013 Special Games

New Lenox's Tommy Schuman, who died at the age of 18 from an undetected cardiac condition nearly a year ago, will not be forgotten. A Special Games Leadership Award will mark his legacy.

The 12th Annual Special Games at Lincoln-Way Central High School this year has a new feature—the Tommy Schuman Leadership Award.

Schuman, a baseball player and golfer at LWC, was voted athlete of the year shortly after the tragedy of his unexpected death on March 31, 2012. On March 1 at the Special Games, the Tommy Schuman Leadership Award will be presented to a deserving senior student leader from each of the participating schools. The award recognizes student leaders for their outstanding efforts and work in and out of the classroom.

The 12 schools participating in the event are: Andrew, Bolingbrook, Bradley-Bourbonnais, Joliet Township, Lincoln-Way Central, Lincoln-Way East, Lincoln-Way North, Lincoln-Way West, Lockport, Sandburg, Stagg, and Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

"The Special Games provide the athletes with a rare opportunity to compete against other area high schools while representing their own school with spirit and pride," said Mary Harrison, special services director for Lincoln-Way High School District 210. "It also allows the many student leaders and peer helpers assisting the competitors a valuable and memorable experience."

Students will compete in a variety of events, including a disc throw, target throw, beanbag toss, running sprints, and dribbling. There is also a football toss, ring toss, and basketball hoop shoot.

Lunches are served to all student-athletes and students leaders involved including 1,200 cookies donated by Dominicks of Frankfort. Store Manager Ray Lysak noted the Lincoln-Way District 210 schools have been partners since the store opened in 1998 as Dominicks has been used as a job training site for special service students.

"Our hope is that the athletes take away from their experience at the Special Games a feeling of accomplishment, fun, and school pride and for the leaders as well as the entire student body we hope they develop a sense of appreciation, understanding, and gratitude for those who offer something truly unique to this world," said Maggie Jager, an adaptive P.E. teacher for Lincoln-Way District 210.

The games will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in the field house at LWC. Athletes will parade into the field house carrying a torch. They will gather by school in the bleachers and compete for a chance to take home the coveted Spirit Stick, which is awarded to the school that shows the most school spirit.

Currently Lincoln-Way North High School holds the Spirit Stick.

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