[r69] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) 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.

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.

“I am pleased to see such a large group of people coming together to donate for this great organization. With so many blessings of our own, it is truly a privilege to be able to help others in need. Sharing with our neighbors comes with the holiday spirit, and it is heart-warming to see a mission like Special Olympics Indiana that provides such a benefit to so many young people in our state. They are the true givers.”

For more information on Special Olympics of Indiana, visit www.soindiana.org.

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Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.