Special Olympics football and soccer seasons begin

The Latham Hawks have begun weekly practices for the fall Special Olympics season. Coached by campus staff volunteers, we have 24 students participating in football and 19 students in soccer. Latham’s Special Olympics Coordinator Monique Williams reported that both teams have a great group this season. “We continue to see an increase in participation from the students, especially from those who don’t typically enjoy sports. We have a strong returning group of volunteers providing their instruction and support to both the athletes and Special Olympics.”

Assistant Principal Kara McDowell praised Monique for her dedication to the students and their involvement in Special Olympics. Kara said Monique “has been influential in the success and expansion of our Special Olympics program over the past three years.”

We’re looking forward to upcoming football and soccer tournaments, and with the help of our exceptional volunteers, participating in Special Olympics’ mission to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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