Special Olympics to Hold Winter Games

The Area 17 Special Olympics Committee would like to inform you of the 2009 Winter Games, being held on December 2, 2009 in Savannah. Chatham and Liberty county athletes will be attending.

The following events will be held from 10:00 AMNoon: Bowling at Largo Tibet Bowing Lanes and Victory Bowling Lanes, Skating at Supergoose Sports, and Basketball at Savannah High School.

Special Olympics Georgia’s

To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympictype sports for children and adults with disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must be at least eight years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disabilities, cognitive delays as measured by formal assessment, or significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require or have required specifically designed instruction.

It gives people with intellectual disabilities life long skills and brings them into a community where they are accepted, respected and given the chance to be productive. Families can also participate in the Family Support Network, where they meet other families to share ideas, issues and common interests.

Special Olympics North America has 544,581 athletes participating in all 30 sports offered. There are more than 72 Programs in Special Olympics North America. In Georgia, 22,769 athletes are given the chance to express themselves and test their limits.

To get involved, contact the Area 17 Chairperson, David Hooker at hooker@savcds.org. Area 17 serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, and Long counties.

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