City of Toledo to hold parade honoring Oshae Jones
TOLEDO, Ohio — The city of Toledo will celebrate Olympian Oshae Jones, a Toledo native and bronze medal winner in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, with a parade and event at Savage Park, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 21st.
The local boxer defeated Maria Motonta Hernandez of the Dominican Republic to move on to the semi-final bout on August 4th. With that win, she clinched the bronze medal in the Women’s Welterweight Division, becoming the 3rd American woman to medal in the sport of boxing. She is expected to return home to Toledo on August 11th.
The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m., and a celebratory event will follow in Savage Park and the surrounding area. The parade will begin on Dorr Street and Collingwood Boulevard, and move around the park, which has an open-air shelter in the event of rain. There will be speeches and a special presentation in the park beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“The entire City of Toledo is honored to celebrate Olympian Oshae Jones, a native of our community and bronze medal winner in Tokyo this summer,” said Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “We could not be prouder of her, and we look forward to celebrating her accomplishment here in Toledo.”
“Boxing has taken Oshae’s ‘Black Girl Magic’ to the international stage for all to see and she made history,” said Councilmember Vanice S. Williams. “We are so excited to be able to celebrate her when she returns to her hometown of Toledo, Ohio.”
“Our entire family is beyond proud and excited. Oshae has pride in her hometown and we are so looking forward to everyone joining us to celebrate her,” said Demetria Blackshear, Jones’ mother.