“This was made possible from funding from Logan County Community Fund,” Bonnie Ellis, County Director said, “Special Olympics is a benefactor. We wouldn’t be able to provide services to the special population of Logan County without them.”
Eighty–nine athletes participated in the event. On Friday, March 26, athletes from Logan High, Logan Middle, Man Middle and Chapmanville Middle schools competed. On Monday, March 29, the adult athletes (athletes’ ages ranged from 19 – 58) competed, and on Wednesday, March 31, athletes from Man Elementary, Verdunville Elementary, and Logan Elementary competed. Afterwards all the athletes and their chaperones were treated to lunch before returning to school.
Individuals with special needs are usually told “no…you can’t”. Very few have ever been given the opportunity to participate in organized sports. Special Olympics gives them that chance. Special Olympics provides opportunities in training and competition in both individual and team sports.
In the fall, Logan County participates in bowling. In the spring and summer, Special Olympics offers track and field and bocce. Winter sports are also available; however, certified coaches are needed before any athletes can participate.