Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse.

“Special Olympics Indiana is honored to be chosen by Speaker Bosma for Organization Day. Research has found that individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics become more involved in their communities. Our over 11,000 athletes throughout Indiana live, work and vote in almost every county throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana CEO/President Michael Furnish.

The organization is a nonprofit that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes represent 74 county and local programs each run by volunteer management teams who recruit participants, conduct sports training, raise money, build awareness and compete at local and state events.

“With so many talented athletes participating in Special Olympics of Indiana, roughly 11,000, this was a remarkable opportunity for the legislature to work together and fill a need, supporting such a worthy cause,” said Rep. Soliday. “The organization employs some of the most kind-hearted, genuine people I have ever met, and I was privileged to help support them today.”

Legislators and staff brought in sporting equipment, food, drinks, office supplies, and other items for Special Olympics of Indiana. Five athletes were present to accept the donations and thank those who participated in the collection efforts.

“As legislators, we have the honor and responsibility to make decisions that affect the entire state, and it is important from time to time to step back and look beyond what happens inside the walls of this building,” said Speaker Bosma. “I applaud all the men and women who work hard to serve this organization. It was phenomenal to see so many Hoosiers come together to support a great cause.”

For more information on Special Olympics of Indiana, visit