Twiggs County Special Olympics Set | Sports & Recreation
Through Special Olympics Georgia, the Twiggs County Middle High School will be hosting the Twiggs County Special Olympics on Friday April 27th 2012 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The event will begin with an opening ceremony and torch run. There will be 17 competitors from Twiggs County competing in the event. It if the hopes of the event organizers that there will be a good spectator turn out to support and cheer on these special athletes while they compete.
Special Olympic Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for nearly 22,797 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community. For more information, visit www.specialolympicsga.org
History: The Special Olympics began in the early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with special needs didn’t even have a place to play.
She decided to take action. Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. This vision eventually grew into the global Special Olympics movement.
Today the Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 countries. Special Olympics competitions are held every day, all over the world—including local, national and regional competitions, adding up to about 50,000 events a year.