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[r41] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back
Start Date: 11/19/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/19/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Tim Brown, M.D. (R-Crawfordsville) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse.

“Special Olympics Indiana is honored to be chosen by Speaker Bosma for Organization Day. Research has found that individuals with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics become more involved in their communities. Our over 11,000 athletes throughout Indiana live, work and vote in almost every county throughout the state,” said Special Olympics Indiana CEO/President Michael Furnish.

Special Olympics of Indiana is a nonprofit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes represent 74 county and local programs each run by volunteer management teams who recruit participants, conduct sports training, raise money, build awareness and compete at local and state events. 

“Listening to the athletes tell their stories and what they had accomplished through the Special Olympics of Indiana was truly moving,” said Rep. Brown. “This great organization has brought so many people together through their mission of inclusion and acceptance in the world of sports. The teamwork skills these athletes learn while competing in the Special Olympics will serve them well for their rest of their lives. I look forward to continuing to support this organization, and I commend everyone involved for their distinguished leadership and commitment to bettering Hoosier communities.”

Legislators and staff brought in sporting equipment, food, drinks, office supplies, and other items for Special Olympics of Indiana. Five athletes were present to accept the donations and thank those who participated in the collection efforts.

For more information on Special Olympics of Indiana, visit www.soindiana.org.

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Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: nicholas.goodwin@iga.in.gov
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