Special Olympics team ready for Districts

By: Lilah Skaar

The Cedar Falls Special Olympic district bowling team is ready to face off this weekend after weeks of practicing.

Special Olympics is a global organization that through programming in sports, health and education is changing the lives of people with disabilities, solving the isolation and inactivity they face.

It offers the opportunity for students with disabilities to be able to demonstrate success in various sports activities. Athletes are able to participate and play together as a quick path to friendship and understanding.

“In being part of a team, it provides a gateway to empowerment, providing athletes confidence, acceptance and joy,” said Jan Williams, the Special Olympics and also a special education teacher at Peet Jr. High.

Individuals with mental disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, better self-confidence and a more positive self image. They grow psychologically and socially. Because of Special Olympics, players show courage and eagerness.

“My favorite part of being involved in Special Olympics is seeing the joy in athletes’ faces as they experience athletic success, have fun with their friends and demonstrate increased independence over the years they are a part of our team,” Williams said.

On Oct. 15, at 11:30 a.m. the Special Olympics is holding its annual bowling competition at Maple Lanes in Waterloo.

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