Special Olympics earns February Spotlight (Audio included)
1/31/2013 10:09:04 PM
By Nate Dunham
Logan County Special Olympics is providing sporting opportunities in Logan County for residents who have intellectual disabilities.
The organization’s mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all 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, skill, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and members of the community.
Logan County's team is the Logan County Braves. The Braves offer basketball, bowling, softball, and track and field. The Logan County Braves will be working with the Discovery Riders to create an equestrian sporting opportunity. The equestrian program will run from March to August.
The Special Olympics have a fundraising event coming up in March. The 4th Annual Polar Plunge will be on March 16th at Old Field Beach in Indian Lake State Park. The Plunge will take place at 1:30 pm and cost $75 per participate. The event will also include a costume contest and Post Plunge Party. #0000ff;">#0000ff;">Click here for more information.
The Logan County Braves won the Division IV state softball tournament in 2012. On December 17th, State Representative Dorothy Pelanda presented the Braves with a special resolution passed by the Ohio legislator (pictured bottom left).
Community supports helps drive the Logan County Braves. The organization generated over $1,000 at a bake sale and car wash at TSC and Worth Repeating. The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center BPA hosts a bowl-a-thon which contributes money to Special Olympics. The Oldest Street Race 5K also benefited the Braves. Also after the softball team won the state championship, several local business signs congratulated the Braves for their success.
The Logan County Braves' athletes also compete in several events in Columbus in conjunction with the Columbus Marathon. They do the Capital City Half Marathon and the Emerald City Half Marathon.
To volunteer or to make a donation to Logan County Special Olympics call 651-6308 or 651-6310. Logan County Special Olympics is located at 1851 State Route 47 West, Bellefontaine.
Special Olympic Coordinators Rose Canter and Pat Montrose thank the community for giving the Logan County Braves a place to train and hold their competition.
Canter and Montrose discuss the Logan County Braves and Special Olympics.
Logan County Special Olympics is the February recipient of the Community Spotlight Grant sponsored by Liberty National Bank and Steve Austin’s Auto Group.