Special Olympics Alaska
A key part of our 40th Anniversary Celebration is giving back to our community. We've chosen to do this by donating $20,000 to four different local non-profits. One of these amazing charities is Special Olympics of Alaska. Local businesses and individuals have also donated, so besides Dimond Center's donation of $5,000 they will receive an additional $7,000, for a total of $12,000! Thank you to everyone whose generosity has made this possible.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1962 because she believed that people with intellectual disabilities were far more capable than commonly believed and deserving of the same opportunities and experiences as others.
On July 20, 1968 Mrs Shriver opened the Chicago Special Olympics (the 1st International Special Olympics Games). More than 1,000 athletes competed in athletics, floor hockey, and aquatics. Today Special Olympics is a global movement with more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries around the world.
Special Olympics of Alaska has many programs all through the year, but we would like to highlight their summer activities: Camp Shriver & Alaska Distance Classic Race.
From the introductions and smiles to shaking hands and high-fives, making new friends through sports is the number one priority for numerous campers attending Camp Shriver Alaska.Camp Shriver Alaska is a two-week summer sports camp for middle and high-school-aged students with and without intellectual disabilities. Camp Shriver Alaska will take place July 10-21at the Special Olympics Alaska Sports, Health and Wellness Center.
Throughout the two weeks, campers will have the opportunity to work with quality coaches and improve their sports skills.Campers will participate in the following sports and activities: track and field, soccer, flag football, basketball, floor hockey, tennis, rock climbing, fishing, canoeing, softball, golf, volleyball, Zumba and weight training.
THE ALASKA DISTANCE CLASSIC
On your mark, get set, go. The Alaska Distance Classic will take place this Saturday at the APU Atwood Center at 9 a.m.
Participating in the 5K and 10K will be the Special Olympics Alaska Unified Running Club. The Unified Running Club is an inclusive walking/running program that meets once a week to walk/run at a different trail in Anchorage. About 20 individuals with and without intellectual disabilities and with all levels of experience participate in the running club.
“The Special Olympics Alaska Unified Running Club has been preparing since the spring and we look forward to participating with the community in this exciting event,” said Special Olympics Alaska Vice President/COO Nicolle Egan.
The Alaska Distance Classic is hosted by Skinny Raven Sports with proceeds from this race supporting Special Olympics Alaska athletes statewide. For more information or to register visit www.skinnyraven.com.
If you would like to make a difference & be a part of this amazing organization by volunteering, showing support, or donationg, visit www.specialolympicsalaska.org/