LEESBURG – Waving their neighborhood flags, residents ceremoniously jogged up the path to The Manor to the tune of the Rocky theme song to open the 23rd Annual Plantation Olympics on Monday, Oct. 6.
The athletes were greeted and cheered on by dignitaries including Lake County Public Safety Assistant Chief of Operations Jim Dickerson, Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Peyton Grinnell and Lake County Public Safety Engine 82 Firefighter/ EMTs Eric Hutson and Michael Zipperer.
The opening ceremony, complete with Olympic torch, kicks off three full weeks of competitive softball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, bicycling, shuffleboard, pickleball, bocce, marathon and more.
“Plantation is a great supporter of the Lake County Public Safety Department, so we are always excited to be invited to attend the opening ceremony,” said Chief Dickerson. “Engine 82 firefighters have a wonderful rapport with the residents of this community, and will be periodically checking in on them throughout the course of the games.”
Engine 82 personnel will be close-at-hand to respond to any medical calls such as injuries or heat-related illnesses during the games, which end Oct. 25.