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Meeting on Special Olympics to be held Jan. 25

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SALYERSVILLE - There will be an organizational meeting on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at Magoffin County High School to gauge interest in forming a Special Olympics chapter for Magoffin County. 

Anyone interested in participating in Special Olympics or volunteering for a local chapter  is urged to attend the meeting.

Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations.

The mission of Special Olympics is to 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.

Special Olympics Kentucky offers training and competition opportunities in 15 sports. The sports offered are Bowling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Artistic Gymnastics, Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Cheerleading, Snowshoeing, Bocce, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Track & Field, Golf and Softball.

Athletes must participate in a sanctioned event held within the respective sport season in order to qualify for the state level competition. Special Olympics Kentucky recognizes and supports those athletes who train year-round in their respective sport(s).

Within the state of Kentucky, competitive opportunities are offered on local, county, regional, area and state levels. In the sports of Bowling and Track & Field, athletes must qualify at the area level in order to qualify for the state competition. In all other sports, athletes must participate in a sanctioned regional or invitational in order to qualify for state competition.

Numerous area counties currently have Special Olympics chapters. 
 

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Steve LeMaster