In recognition of the more than 525 athletes competing at the 2011 Special Olympics West Virginia Fall Games, the UPS  Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, has provided a grant of $23,500.  The grant will help cover such costs as housing, medals, use of competition facilities, equipment, clothing, travel and more.

“We are very grateful for the generous support from UPS,” said Linda Quinn, SOWV Director of Field Services.  “The grant will help us considerably with our expenses.  Furthermore, we are so pleased that the local UPS staff has a strong tradition of community service and has partnered with us by being dedicated volunteers at our various state events.”

More than 500 Special Olympics athletes throughout West Virginia have eagerly started their training in preparation to showcase their courage and abilities during the 2011 Fall Games in Parkersburg on October 28-30.  The athletes will be competing in volleyball, bowling, flag football, and football skills over the course of three days.  Parkersburg South High School will serve as the primary competition venue, with bowling taking place at Pike Street Lanes.

To ensure that the athletes have a successful experience at Fall Games, approximately 300 volunteers are needed.  If you would like to volunteer to help with Fall Games in any capacity and for any amount of time, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form and Fall Games Schedule through the link below or call the Special Olympics West Virginia office at 1-800-926-1616. We hope you can join us and be part of this memorable experience for all involved.

(Founder of Special Olympics to be remembered September 23 with a day of sports and acts of acceptance and inclusion)
 
 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day has been created to inspire fans to experience her legacy and embrace the movement she founded in her backyard.  What started as an inclusive sports camp in the early 1960s has blossomed into a worldwide movement known as Special Olympics transforming lives in over 175 countries.
 
For more than a half century, until her passing in 2009, Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an indomitable champion advocating for those who have been neglected and ignored for too long.  Her love of all people, her belief in justice, and her relentlessly energetic pursuit of a better life for people with intellectual disabilities serves as an example for everyone.  Her actions helped open the minds of all people to the gifts and talents of individuals with intellectual disabilities.  She believed in their possibilities, and she demonstrated an unrelenting spirit that one person could make a difference and change the world.
 
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have committed to perform EKS Acts of inclusion and acceptance for and with persons with intellectual disabilities.  It will be a celebration of her life and a call for people to take action and set an example.  Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) will recognize EKS Day on September 23, 2011, (while EKS Day is celebrated each year on September 25, SOWV is starting a couple days early with the hope of reaching more people) by bringing together community service providers, independent living trainers, employers, SOWV athletes and volunteers and family members, policy makers, and general community members to sign the commitment to demonstrate EKS Acts of inclusion, acceptance and unity.  Everyone is welcome to join SOWV at the State Capitol on September 23 to take part in the movement that will make a difference for all West Virginia citizens.  
 
More information about EKS Day globally may be found at www.eksday.org

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What is widely considered one of the best golf tournaments in the state, the 14th Annual Toyota-Special Olympics West Virginia Golf Classic will be Monday, September 12 at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.
 
The golf classic is typically the largest single fundraising event for Special Olympics West Virginia.  Toyota underwrites the entire cost of the tournament to ensure that all proceeds go directly to benefiting the thousands of Special Olympics athletes throughout the state by giving them opportunities for year-round sports training and competition in 18 sports.
 
Headlining the tournament this year will be professional golfer Mark Pfeil.  Mark had 12 Top-10 finishes including a win at the Tallahassee Open during his PGA Tour career.  He has also played on the Champions Tour.  Mark will provide a golf clinic and then visit with participating golfers throughout the tournament.
 
Space is still available for those wanting to field a team.  Cost is $1,000 per foursome and includes golf, lunch, reception, dinner, and the opportunity to win some great prizes.  Please contact the Special Olympics West Virginia office at 304-345-9310 for more information.

 

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Parkersburg, WV

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