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Milford Students Takes Gold at State Special Olympics!

Posted on: July 5, 2016

Congratulations to Milford sophomore, Michael Gilhooley, Milford’s very own gold medalist! Michael won the gold in the 50 meter sprint at the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games held June 24-26 at Ohio State University's Jesse Owens Stadium. Nearly 2,400 athletes across Ohio competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games. 

Michael has participated in Special Olympics bowling, roller skating and skiing, but it is running where he has really excelled. He qualified for the state competition by winning at regionals. Michael won despite multiple disabilities, including a congenital issue that limits his range of motion in his legs.

Michael’s mother, MJ Gilhooley, credits Jerry Comello, intervention specialist at Milford High School, with getting Michael involved in the Special Olympics. Comello, one of Milford High School’s football coaches, is active with Clermont County Special Olympics and also inspires his football players to volunteer. Pictured is Michael with several MHS football players who cheered him on at the regional competitions.

“Michael loves those football players and they love him," shared Mrs. Gilhooley. "He never stops cheering on everyone around him and many at the school are very fond of Michael and can't resist his naturally comedic sense of humor! From the school's principal to his favorite janitors, Michael puts a smile on everyone he meets! He knows no strangers.”

Despite facing many obstacles, Michael also won the top academic award this year with a 4.0 in his modified education program at the high school.

 

Congratulations to Milford sophomore, Michael Gilhooley, Milford’s very own gold medalist! Michael won the gold in the 50 meter sprint at the Special Olympics Ohio State Summer Games held June 24-26 at Ohio State University's Jesse Owens Stadium. Nearly 2,400 athletes across Ohio competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games. 

Michael has participated in Special Olympics bowling, roller skating and skiing, but it is running where he has really excelled. He qualified for the state competition by winning at regionals. Michael won despite multiple disabilities, including a congenital issue that limits his range of motion in his legs.

Michael’s mother, MJ Gilhooley, credits Jerry Comello, intervention specialist at Milford High School, with getting Michael involved in the Special Olympics. Comello, one of Milford High School’s football coaches, is active with Clermont County Special Olympics and also inspires his football players to volunteer. Pictured is Michael with several MHS football players who cheered him on at the regional competitions.

“Michael loves those football players and they love him," shared Mrs. Gilhooley. "He never stops cheering on everyone around him and many at the school are very fond of Michael and can't resist his naturally comedic sense of humor! From the school's principal to his favorite janitors, Michael puts a smile on everyone he meets! He knows no strangers.”

Despite facing many obstacles, Michael also won the top academic award this year with a 4.0 in his modified education program at the high school.