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[r23] 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 Bill Friend (R-Macy) 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. 

“Hearing the stories from the Olympians and how this organization has changed their life was truly uplifting,” said Rep. Friend. “The lessons these athletes learn are relevant to us all as they put a lot of value in building teamwork skills. I look forward to continuing to support this organization and helping people with intellectual disabilities.”

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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