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Lakota Special Olympics

...The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition opportunities for children 8 years and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Benefits...Special Olympics contribute to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.

History...The concept of Special Olympics began in the early 1960's when Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a day camp for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The first national meet was held at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1968 for 1,000 athletes from the United States and Canada. Shortly thereafter, Ohio began a Special Olympics program under the name of the Ohio Athletic Association. Special Olympics Ohio became incorporated in 1975. Today, there are Special Olympics programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 150 different countries around the world.

Eligibility...Athletes must be at least eight years of age and identified by Lakota as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required special instruction.

Sports offered in Lakota… Basketball, bowling, and track & field. We also have organized cheerleaders who cheer for the Lakota basketball teams. Lakota is part of Butler County Special Olympics.

How can I get my son or daughter involved in Special Olympics?
All athletes must have the "Application for Participation” which is a medical form which must be filled out by a doctor, and it is good for three years. Click here to download the participation form. Athletes are required to participate in training in order to participate in competition as standard sports rules apply and athletes may be disqualified if those rules are not followed, we also want to make sure that athletes are in good physical condition before they compete. As in all sports athletes are required to train for at least 8 weeks before competing

How can the family get involved?

Special Olympics is run totally by volunteers. Families can help coach and train athletes, help run competition and training sessions along with becoming active members of the area committee and local committee. Parents and siblings are our greatest source of volunteers.

Who do I call for further information?
Vicki Buschur at [email protected]