[r59] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back (11/19/2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Start Date: 11/19/2013 All Day
End Date: 11/19/2013
Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), fellow 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 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. 

“I enjoyed getting to know the athletes and staff of Special Olympics of Indiana today,” said Rep. Smith. “I was honored to have had the opportunity to learn more about their organization, and I am truly impressed with the strength of all these individuals.”

Legislators and staff brought in sporting equipment, food, drinks, office supplies, and other items for the 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.