Our Mission

Our local mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through training and competition opportunities, athletes will experience growth in physical skills, a sense of accomplishment, socialization, friendship, and a connection with the community.

About us

Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching nearly 11,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs thatreaches more than 2.5 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Sport is a universal language that unites people on and off the field of play. Its lessons are relevant to all. Using sports training and athletic competition to help break down barriers that have historically kept people apart, Special Olympics Indiana promotes meaningful inclusion and acceptance for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Indiana. These experiences ultimately create an inclusive environment where everyone benefits and little by little, the world changes. The sport is the medium, but the real power lies within the Special Olympics experience and all the people it touches. You can learn more by visiting the Indiana Special Olympics site and the National Special Olympics site.

NEWS

BOWLING PRACTICE AT RICHMOND 40 BOWL  🎳

SCHEDULE:
NOVEMBER 17 - (2 games for ALL Wayne County bowlers)

NOVEMBER 24 - (2 games for ALL Wayne County bowlers) BOWLING,  PIZZA,  MUSIC

On November 24, we will bowl two games, and Chuck Fox will provide music.  When bowling athletes check in at the front door, they will receive 1 ticket for 2 slices of pizza and 1 ticket for a medium soda.  During the practice, athletes will be called to the concession stand by lanes to exchange their tickets for pizza and a drink.  The concession stand will be open for athletes and chaperones who wish to purchase additional food and soda.

DECEMBER 1 – NO PRACTICE (Thanksgiving weekend)

DECEMBER 7 – STATE BOWLING TOURNAMENT IN INDIANAPOLIS FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY

LAST SATURDAY'S AREA 9 TOURNAMENT

Earlier today, I sent a list of all Wayne County bowlers who advanced to state competition.  

The following list congratulates ALL Wayne County bowlers who competed in the Area 9 Tournament and made Wayne County proud with their personal best effort:  Traci Back, Brendon Baldwin, Cathy Ballman, Jeff Basler, Joe Batchik, Charles Bogan, Lori Brock, Jennifer Brown, Jason Comiso, Carol Davidson, Chris Davis, Jesssica Day, Shane Day, Remy Dean, Jill Dearing, Sharon Detamore, Joey Evans, Chris Fessler, Curtis Frame, Teresa Franklin, Cedric Fratus-Nolan, Shytana Garrett, David Gibbs, Kevin Glunt, Mikey Gosselin, Brenda Gross, Brad Handy, David Hinshaw, Dustie Hormel, Amber Hoskins, Mike Hummel, Jessica Hyser, Jeremy Jeffries, Jonathon Jennings, Kayleigh Jennings, Jeff Kendall, John Kinsey, Austin Lochotzki, Greg Mahoney, Linda Martin, Jacob Miller, Chris Mitchell, Gary Mullins, Tony Muse, Harold Nelson, Marga Nelson, Tim Norris, Kaleb Ozbun, David Parsons, Tim Parsons, Tim Ponder, Cheryl Powell, Teddy Ramsey, Ann Ritz, Amy Robbins, Mark Shattuck, Justin Silvers, Doug Sizemore, Cody Smith, Mike Smith, Lisa Sterling, Brandon Suttles, Jennifer Thompson, Erin Tuegel, Jeff Vaness, Anthony Walker, Rhea Weigle, Bill Wentz. Nathan Wilkinson, Thomas Woolum, James Zachary. We are proud of each and everyone of you!!


Basketball

PACERS:  The Pacers continue to practice each Thursday, at Vaile Elementary School, 300 South 14th Street.  Athletes are asked to arrive at 5:50 p.m. to be ready for their 6:00 - 7:00 practice. 

DRAGONS:  The Dragons continue to practice each Thursday, at Vaile Elementary School, 300 South 14th Street.  Athletes are asked to arrive at 7:00 p.m. to be ready for their 7:15 - 8:30 practice.

HOOSIERS:  The Hoosiers will practice on Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Richmond Senior Center, 1600 South 2nd Street. THEIR FIRST PRACTICE WILL BE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1.BELIEVERS:  The Believers will practice each Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Richmond Senior Center, 1600 South 2nd Street. 

INDIVIDUAL SKILLS:  Individual skills will practice each Monday, 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Senior Center, 1600 South 2nd Street.


FITNESS CLUB

The Unified Fitness Club will NOT meet on November 19 because the gym is not available that evening.   

They will meet Tuesday, November 26, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Fairview Elementary School, 60 NW "L" Street.


Athlete Input Council

The council will meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Benchmark break room on Dec 2.


CHRISTMAS PARTY UPDATE

We've received 113 RSVP's for the annual Christmas dinner.  If you've already turned in your RSVP, thank you!!  If you haven't please get that in as soon as possible. Lonnie wanted everyone to know that Indiana Special Olympics CEO, Jeff Mohler, has accepted his invitation to attend the Christmas Dinner.


CHRISTMAS DINNER AND DANCE 

All Wayne County Special Olympics athletes and their caregivers are invited to a Christmas Dinner and Dance to be held Saturday, December 14, in the Leland Ballroom. At the request of the Athlete Input Council, this year’s menu will consist of finger foods: chicken tenders, potato wedges, and biscuits, with lemonade or water. Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 2 hour dance at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP REQUIRED If you plan to attend the dinner, you must RSVP no later than Friday, December 6.  We can only accept 120 reservations, so please RSVP as soon as possible. You may RSVP by e-mailing brocoli3@gmail.com, or by calling 765-966-9376. Make sure your RSVP includes the names of all who plan to attend the dinner. If you do not RSVP by the December 6, dinner deadline, you are still welcome to come for the dance at 6:30 p.m.   

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