[R75] 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 Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to the 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. 

“It is always great to see legislators and staff on both sides of the aisle come together to give back to Hoosier communities. The Special Olympics of Indiana is a great organization, and it was a pleasure to meet with the athletes and hear how the Special Olympics has made a positive impact on their lives,” said Rep. Bacon. “As a youth softball coach for over 20 years, I understand the importance of physical fitness and the camaraderie that comes with teamwork. I appreciate the opportunities that this organization provides to athletes of all ages and was proud to take part in this event.”  

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 the Special Olympics of Indiana, visit www.soindiana.org.

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