Meeting on Special Olympics to take place March 5

Published 5:29 pm Friday, February 16, 2018

Polk County Special Olympics is having a drop-in on March 5 at Southern Manners in downtown Columbus from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Light appetizers will be served. This informational meeting will be for anyone interested in being involved with our program — volunteers, athletes, donors, coaches, etc. 

Special Olympics North Carolina offers sports training and competition in 19 Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Individuals 8 years old and up can compete, and young athletes is available for children ages 2 to 7.

Participation in Special Olympics is free.

Eligible individuals must be identified by a medical agency or professional as having an intellectual disability. Some Special Olympics athletes may also have a physical disability, but it is their developmental disability that qualifies them to participate in Special Olympics.

If you do not have an intellectual disability, but are interested in competing alongside your friend, sibling, etc. who does qualify for Special Olympics, you can do so through Unified Sports.

The ability levels of Special Olympics athletes range greatly. No matter where an athlete falls in terms of ability, they have the opportunity to win a gold medal, as they are divisioned in competitive groupings with their peers.

In addition to demonstrating your true abilities as a competitor, there are many other ways you can excel in Special Olympics. Did you know that as an athlete, you can:

• Receive training in public speaking and become a Global Messenger for Special Olympics?

• Become a coach for Special Olympics?

• Receive free health screenings at SONC state-level events?

• Serve on the planning committee with your local program?

The Polk County Special Olympic Spring Games will be on April 26 (rain date April 27) at the Polk County Football Field. 

If you are unable to attend the March 5 drop-in but you are interested in volunteering or participating (or donating), call Jane Ollis at 828-817-4404.

For more information, visit sonc.net/become-an-athlete.

– Submitted by Jane Ollis