Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 29, 2014

Special Olympics volunteers sought

About 100 volunteers are needed for this year’s Special Olympics Indiana Area 9 Spring Games hosted by Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn counties. They will serve as timers, clerks of course, recorders, finish line coordinators, heat coordinators, starters, judges, escorts and more.

The games will take place at East Central High School Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Delegation coordinator Greg Townsend reports, “Our athletes are getting excited and ready to compete at this year’s spring games. If you are interested in volunteering, please do. It takes a lot of people to put these games on without a hitch.”

Spring games includes track and field events, softball and tennis ball throws, bocce, javelin and MATP (Motor Activities Training Program) events. These events will bring the 10 counties of Ripley, Ohio, Dearborn, Franklin, Decatur, Wayne, Rush, Union, Shelby and Fayette together on one playing field with approximately 175 athletes and coaches. The public is invited; admission is free.

Volunteers must preregister; the goal is to have all positions filled prior to the event. Persons interested in volunteering should e-mail volunteer coordinator Angie Schuman at aschuman@soindiana-rod.org or Townsend at gtownsend@soindiana-rod.org or 812-584-6861.

Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn (www.soindiana-rod.org) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in Alpine skiing, aquatics, basketball, bowling, bocce, corn toss, equestrian, flag football, golf, Motor Activities Training Program, softball, snowshoeing, snowboarding and track and field. Reaching approximately 206 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, the delegation is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program in which they believe. The delegation receives no funds from federal or state appropriated funds and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individual donations on the local level.

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