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Congratulations to our Athletes and Coaches who attended the 2015 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games! See our Facebook page for pictures and results.
Volunteer Opportunities – Ways to Get Involved
* Special Olympics Equestrian – Do you enjoy horses? Do you know how to ride? Would you like the opportunity to help Special Olympics athletes learn how to ride and enjoy horses? Then Special Olympics Equestrian is for you. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the SO Equestrian program. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Lisa Kiser at 727-2425.
* Camp Discovery: Camp Discovery is looking for volunteers. Camp Discovery is a day camp for youth with disabilities. If you are interested in giving some of your time this summer, please contact Lisa Kiser at 727-2425.
Other Community Events
* Let’s Get Fit Together – Fitness Classes at Robinhood Road Family YMCA for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mondays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm; $5 per class. Questions contact Lisa Marie Blutreich at 336-251-1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Camp Discovery – Camp for youth with disabilities ages 8-21. Attached is a brochure with dates and details. For more information contact Leah Friend at email@example.com or 727-2831.
To see all of the great pictures from the week, Friend us on Facebook: facebook.com/specialolympics.forsythcounty.
Steven Jones and his father, Steve are spending a lot of time on the green. They’re preparing for the North Carolina Special Olympic Championships that’ll be held in High Point this November. Steven has autism and struggles with communication, movement and how he thinks through things. But put a club into his hands and get him out on the course and the 20-year-old shines. As Steven explains his motivation is very simple, “I like to hit balls in the fare way.”
The Joneses are a competitive father/son Special Olympics golf team. Steven’s father, Steve, says he never played golf until his son pulled him into it. Now he’s hooked. “Golf is one sport, it doesn’t matter your age or ability, you can always compete and we enjoy doing it together,” says Jones. In their division, they alternate hitting the ball from the tee into the hole. Since 2009, they’ve captured either gold or silver medals. “Steven is not very social and Special Olympics has given him an opportunity to expand in that area,” explains Jones. “He enjoys the competition, he’s very competitive.”
Special Olympics Forsyth County wants to help others discover their athletic talents. “For the athletes it’s a chance for them to showcase their talents in sports and show the community they are capable,” says Lisa Kiser. She’s the Forsyth County Special Olympics Coordinator for Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks. “For the families it’s a chance to see their child or loved one excel in something.” Kiser also points out Special Olympics has a place for others in the community who enjoy volunteering, especially people who don’t normally interact with individuals who have disabilities. “It’s a way to open their eyes to people with disabilities and what they can do.”
To join Forsyth County Special Olympics or to volunteer, call (336) 727-2425 or email Lisa Kiser.