OC Special Olympics: A Competition for 800

Photo Courtesy www.specialolympics.org

Photo Courtesy www.specialolympics.org

Orange County will be hosting a Special Olympics in the fall of 2015 at Irvine High School and at The Rinks Huntington Beach Inline. More than 800 field hockey, tennis, and volleyball athletes will compete, stated ocregister.com

Special Olympics allow people with disabilities to interact with other people and show their talents. It also provides physical activities for them, announced sosc.org

These athletes have been training since August, and more than 400 volunteers helped coach teams and coordinate the event, according to ocregister.com

This year’s goal is for all participants with intellectual disabilities to have a chance to become useful and productive citizens who are accepted and respected in their communities, reported sooc.org

“Through our year-round sports training and competition program, athletes gain confidence and enhance their self-esteem, which will help them to have a greater quality of life, on and off the playing field.  Parents gain a sense of pride as they watch their child grow and develop through the power of sports, stated the Orange County Regional Director, David Armendariz.

Orange County was a part of the Special Olympics when Rafer Johnson founded the organization in 1969. “Special Olympics are among the most inspiring organizations I’ve had the honor to serve. When you see the athletes giving their best, you feel compelled to do the same,” said David Armendariz, regional director of the Special Olympics.

“Special Olympics in Orange County is proud to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society using sports training and competition. More than 1,500 athletes benefit from the year round sports training and competition programs,” stated Jan Melnyk, reported ktla.com