Special Olympics bowling tournament scheduled
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.