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Special Olympics is a national program that provides year round sports training and competition for people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics of Delaware County (SODC) services all of Delaware County, contributing to the physical, social and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in training and competing in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, work place and community. For many of the athletes, Special Olympics is their social life.
Special Olympics began in the early 1960’s, Ohio’s involvement began in the late 1960’s and SODC became involved in 1970’s. In the beginning SODC offered 3 sports. They were basketball, bowling and track-n-field. There were approximately 20 athletes in the organization at that time. We now service over 130 athletes and are continuing to grow. The sports offered have expanded to include swimming, soccer, cheer leading, bocce ball, power lifting, gymnastics, golf and volleyball plus the three original sports we started with. We attend many meets including the Ohio State Summer Games at Ohio State University. A Board of Trustees was formed on July 26, 2005 to oversee SODC. There are 7 Board members which are comprised of family members and community supporters. On October 17, 2005 Sharon Taylor was hired as Local Coordinator of the organization. Our athletes are trained by experienced coaches and volunteers who give their offer their time to train our athletes, so that they can compete to the best of their ability.
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