Special Olympics contribute to the physical, social and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self image which carries over in the classroom, home, job and community.
The Strongsville Special Olympic program welcomes athletes from public and private schools, County Boards of MR/DD, recreation departments, surrounding communities, and parent community groups.
The Strongsville City Club has provided both financial and organizational support to the Special Olympics program for many years. Through their generous donations the special Olympians have the necessary equipment, facilities and uniforms to compete in the local and state competition. Additionally, the Strongsville City Club constructs and sponsors a Float for the Strongsville Homecoming Parade with the Special Olympians and hosts a Holiday Breakfast annually for the Special Olympians and their families.
Strongsville Special Olympics is a non-profit organization funded through private donations and local community support. The Strongsville Special Olympics is extremely grateful to the Strongsville City Club for their generous donations and support of our program and athletes. Through their support, we are able to provide the necessary equipment, facilities, uniforms and state competition costs.
The Strongsville Special Olympics has nearly 100 athletes that are in training and competition in year round sports. Participation is open to anyone ages eight and up (they may start practicing before 8, but will not be able to compete). Programs are designed to serve all ability levels.
Official Sports offered through the Strongsville Special Olympics are:
Speed Skating - Winterhurst
Track & Field
OUR GOALS ARE TO:
Have athletes participate in sports at their ability level
Improve all-around physical strength
Improve self image and self concept
Develop new relationships
Compete at local levels to experience success
Ultimate success - to have the athletes acquire skills that could earn them a place on a school team with non-handicapped peers
HOW WE OPERATE:
Strongsville Special Olympics is run entirely by volunteers. We have been very fortunate to have excellent coaches and parents that are willing to volunteer their time to help train the athletes.
Families with children who have disabilities are like other families; however, having a child with special needs often thrusts them into situations that may make their everyday lives more challenging. Special Olympics allows families the opportunities to be part of a year-round sports training and competition program which provides the entire family with opportunities for sports, social interactions and fun. Worldwide, family involvement has grown to include more than 450,000 family members. Since 1968, family programs have been established in all 50 U.S. states and 42 countries around the world.
If you are interested in having your child join the Olympic program or would simply just like more information, contact: Dana Martin (440-572-1353) or Click Here.