Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back
STATEHOUSE — State Representative P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) 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.
Special Olympics of Indiana is a nonprofit organization 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.
“It is organizations like Special Olympics of Indiana that truly bring our communities closer together. The athletes who compete learn valuable skills like hard work, determination and teamwork; skills that they will carry with them the rest of their lives. The positive impact that this cause brings to those involved and those impacted knows no bounds,” said Rep. Turner. “Working with this organization today and collecting donations that will help them put on many future events was a great kick off to session, and I feel honored to have contributed.”
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.
For more information on Special Olympics of Indiana, visit www.soindiana.org.