The Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club welcomed Barbara Oswald to their weekly meeting on Sept. 17th. Barbara’s been working with Special Olympics South Carolina for 14 years, currently serving as the Director of Youth Initiatives & Program Development. Special Olympics South Carolina is proud to be the 8th largest state program for Special Olympics in the country, serving nearly 24,000 athletes each year. However, with more than 100,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities in South Carolina NOT being served by the program, there is still plenty of work to be done.
Special Olympics South Carolina is providing opportunities for children and adults with special needs to be accepted, included and celebrated by their communities through sports, health and education. These initiatives create communities of support for Special Olympics athletes and their families and raise awareness throughout the state. The message of Special Olympics and Project UNIFY, a school-based education initiative, reached 93,000 students in South Carolina last year. This message is creating more inclusive school communities and changing perspectives to be more respectful towards these special athletes.
Special Olympics South Carolina is partnering with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission to offer Special Olympics Baseball at Crooked Creek Park and Seven Oaks Park this Fall. Special Olympics Baseball provides an opportunity for both children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities to participate in year-round sports training and athletic competition. For information about participation or volunteer opportunities, please call 345-6181.
Pictured above with Barbara is Rotary President Troy Crump (l) and Rotarian Jason White, Crooked Creek Park Director.