Spe­cial Olympics bowl­ing tour­na­ment sched­uled

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Mont­gomery County Spe­cial Olympics will host its An­nual Coun­ty­wide Tour­na­ment on Sun­day, Dec. 4, at 9 a.m. at Limerick Bowl, 653 West Ridge Pike, Limerick. Ap­prox­i­mately 200 ath­letes will par­tic­i­pate in this event along with dozens of coaches and vol­un­teers. The Spring Ford Color Guard and some po­lice of­fi­cers from Limerick Town­ship will also be in at­ten­dance.

Spe­cial Olympics Penn­syl­va­nia (SOPA) is the ac­cred­it­ing body for more than 50 area, county and city pro­grams within Penn­syl­va­nia in­clud­ing Mont­gomery County. SOPA now trains more than 20,000 ath­letes who par­tic­i­pate in 22 Olympic-type sports at more than 260 lo­cal, sec­tional, and state level com­pe­ti­tions.

Spe­cial Olympics Penn­syl­va­nia, Mont­gomery County, con­ducts train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion in 21 sports at 44 venues for over 1,200 ath­letes. All train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties are pro­vided free of charge to the ath­letes and their fam­i­lies, en­abling every­one to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of Spe­cial Olympics that ex­tend well be­yond the play­ing field. All ac­tiv­ity is pro­vided solely with funds and sup­port from within the county. The pro­grams are car­ried out with the 100 per­cent vol­un­teer ef­forts of the man­age­ment team, coaches, and other as­sis­tant vol­un­teers.

A 1995 study by Yale Univer­sity con­firmed that Spe­cial Olympics con­trib­utes to the phys­i­cal, so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal devel­op­ment of peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties. Through suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ences in sports, they gain con­fi­dence and build a pos­i­tive self-im­age that car­ries over into the class­room, the home, the job and the com­mu­nity.

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