[R57] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back (11/19/2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Start Date: 11/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) 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. 

“There is no better way to kick off our hard work this session than by coming together to give back to the very Hoosiers we serve and represent,” said Rep. Eberhart. “It was a privilege to have the opportunity to meet Special Olympic athletes as well as staff from their organization at the Statehouse today. The work that they do should be an inspiration to us all, and I want to commend them on the positive work they are doing throughout the state to promote inclusion and acceptance of those with special needs.”

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.

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