Special Olympics Volunteers Needed
This year, our Good Works committee has re-engaged with the Special Olympics in Bloomington-Normal as they have several volunteer opportunities for us to participate in. This has been a rewarding experience for all who have participated in years past and we have several opportunities this year to engage.
Here are some details about Special Olympics for anyone not familiar.
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit trough the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides opportunities for more than 21,000 athletes, 40,000 volunteers and thousands more people statewide through 18 Area programs in all 102 counties of the state.
Special Olympics began in Illinois with the first games at Soldier Field in July 1968 thanks to the efforts of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her peers. There are now more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries. Special Olympics is financially sound with diverse revenue streams, a thorough annual budget process and increasing organizational revenue streams. Special Olympics Illinois does not charge athletes or their families to participate in the program.
Provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
There are three upcoming events in Bloomington-Normal that you can choose to participate in.
March 13-15 Special Olympic State Basketball Tournament, March 13-15, Illinois Wesleyan University & Illinois State University
Volunteer registration has just opened via this link: http://www.soill.org/event/state-basketball/
Two other local events to keep on your radar (volunteer registration is not posted yet) are:
May 3 – Special Olympic Area 6 Spring Games, Normal West High School
June 12-14 State Summer Games, Illinois Wesleyan University & Illinois State University
For more information on volunteer opportunities, here is the link to the Special Olympic website volunteer page: http://www.soill.org/volunteers/
Please let me know if you have any questions on any of these Special Olympic events.
Thank you for sharing your time and talent!