Special Olympics offers to empower those with intellectual disabilities through physical fitness, skill development, and joy! The first Special Olympics International summer games took place in 1968. Since then, the organization has continued to grow and changes lives as it provides encouragement and friendship for so many!
Locally, the Cherokee County Special Olympics strives to provide sports training and sports competition for children throughout the year. The goal of Special Olympics in Cherokee County is to help provide an outlet for children with intellectual disabilities to be accepted and respected. With support from a variety of organizations, the Cherokee County Special Olympics has been able to meet the needs of more than 300 athletes.
One of the organizations that has helped to support the Cherokee County Special Olympics is the BridgeMill Men’s Golf Association. According to the website for the BridgeMill Men’s Golf Association, “The Purpose of the MGA is to promote and develop men’s golf, to promote fellowship and sportsmanship, to encourage active participation of all male members without regard to skill, to create and maintain a first class schedule of golf tournaments, and to generally create a superb golfing experience for all male members.”
It seems that the BridgeMill MGA has taken this purpose to heart in helping to promote sportsmanship through the Special Olympics as well. In November of 2014, the MGA donated $20,200 that they raised through golf tournaments to the Cherokee County Special Olympics. Amy Aenchbacher and Dave Martinez, both certified adaptive physical education specialists withCherokee County School District, were on hand to accept the giant check on behalf of the Cherokee County Special Olympics.
To find out more about how to donate to the Special Olympics or get involved with the organization visit the Cherokee County Special Olympics website.