Have you ever wanted to volunteer but had no idea where to go to find opportunities? Well, search no further. Special Olympics West Virginia needs you from June 6-8 at Laidley Field in Charleston.

Although the official deadline has passed, volunteers still are being sought to help make this year's games memorable for the athletes. Whether you choose to cheer on the participants or work on the track, your assistance is needed to make these games happen.

"This is a great event. We have 35 county programs from around the state participating," said Linda Quinn, SOWV's Director of Field Services. "That's approximately 900 athletes and 300 to 400 coaches and chaperones. We recruit 800 volunteers from the community to run the different activities."

And right now, that quota has not been met.

On the eve of the state’s Special Olympics games, law enforcement officers will carry the organization’s torch through three southern West Virginia counties.

The Beckley/Raleigh County leg of the 24th annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, according to a Beckley Police Cpl. John Brown. The run, starting at Shoemaker Square in downtown Beckley, will begin the torch’s journey through southern West Virginia and to Special Olympics’ opening ceremonies in Charleston. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday.

Every year, numerous law enforcement agencies join in supporting West Virginia’s Special Olympics athletes, Brown said. The athletes’ ability to participate relies largely on donations from sponsors. The run is principally a means of supporting the athletes, but it also functions as a fundraiser. Brown is a six-year participant in the run.

Persons are eligible for Special Olympics provided that they are eight years of age or older and:

1. Have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability as determined by their localities;

2. Have a cognitive delay, as determined by standardized measures such as intelligent quotient or ‘IQ” testing or other measures that are generally accepted within the professional community in that Accredited Program as being a reliable measurement of the existence of a cognitive delay;

3. Have a closely related developmental disability.  A “closely” related developmental disability means
having functional limitations in both general learning (such as IQ) and in adaptive skills (such as
in recreation, work, independent living, self-direction, or self-care).  However, persons whose functional limitations are based solely on a physical behavioral, or emotional disability, or a specific learning or sensor disability, are not eligible to participate as Special Olympics athletes, but may be eligible to volunteer.

NOTE: People with functional limitations based solely on a physical, behavioral, emotional, specific learning disability, or sensor disability are not eligible.

Once eligibility is determined, an athlete must submit a registration form and a medical form.

Athletes the age of six and seven may train and compete at the local level but not at the state level.

Special Olympics West Virginia, 2013 Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament

March 14-16, Morgantown, West Virginia

 Special Olympics West Virginia (SOWV) is pleased to announce the 2014 Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament will be held March 14-16 in Morgantown.  We hope your schedule will allow you to serve as a volunteer. The venues we are using are the WVU Recreation Center, and Morgantown High School. 

Special Olympics would not exist today without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you.  We hope your schedule will allow you to volunteer at this fun event. If so, please indicate your desire to volunteer by completing a Volunteer Schedule, and a Volunteer Application (if needed).  Volunteer Applications are good for three years, if you have submitted an application with a photo ID since March 2011; please ask me to confirm that we still have your application on file.

We ask that you return the Volunteer Schedule by Monday, March 3, 2014.  This allows us time to order volunteer shirts and schedule time frames. Please be sure to include your availability in the spaces provided on the form. I will fill the volunteer positions with consideration of your preference.  You will be sent a notification of your assigned schedule and registration information, which includes direction/map etc.

On behalf of the Special Olympics West Virginia staff and the 2014 Basketball / Cheerleading Management Team, THANK YOU for your support .  If you have any questions, you may to contact me anytime at 304-345-9310, or by email at – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please feel free to copy this announcement and the Volunteer Application/Schedule for dissemination.  We look forward to working with you to provide a memorable experience for you and our Special Olympics West Virginia Athletes.

You can download the Volunteer Application and Volunteer Schedule below (both required).


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Upcoming Events

Winter Sports Classic, January 25, Canaan Valley
Northern Regional Basketball Tournament, February 3, Buckhannon
Southern Regional Basketball Tournament, February 17, Beckley
State Basketball Tournament, March 16-17, Morgantown


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