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Special Olympics at Greater Crivitz Area

Issue Date: November 15, 2017

Wisconsin has 163 Special Olympics Agencies, fielding over 10,000 athletes. Most of these agencies and teams are located in the southern areas of the state. Of the 163 agencies in Wisconsin, for many years, there has been only one agency in Marinette County, located in Marinette".until now.

Camp Daniel, a local nonprofit, charity for people with disabilities, has recently formed the only Special Olympics agency in the Crivitz area. Furthermore, Camp Daniel is excited to be working together with The Crivitz School District Community Education Department, allowing more of the community and students to get involved.

Currently in bowling season, the Crivitz team practices at the Crivitz Youth Center for the Unified Sports program. The program is a newer program under Special Olympics which allows volunteers to compete alongside athletes. Camp Daniel continually looks for ways for individuals with intellectual disabilities to connect and build relationships within the community. Agency Manager, Jen Bury, states, "Unified Sports is a win-win for everyone. More volunteers get involved because they get to participate and genuine relationships are more easily formed as volunteers and athletes practice and compete together on the same playing field."

Apart from the Unified Sports program, Camp Daniel will also be participating in the regular Special Olympics sports seasons, such as basketball, bowling, and bocce ball; with more sports to be added in the future. There are also opportunities for athletes who use wheelchairs to participate; for example, ramp bowling.

The Crivitz Special Olympics team is seeking athletes and volunteers. It is open to athletes with an intellectual disability aged 8 and older. Volunteers and coaches are needed to assist in practices, and to compete alongside the athletes with disabilities. This is a great way to volunteer in the community and for many students to get volunteer hours needed for school. This is a great way to volunteer as a family, with co-workers, and other community groups. Volunteers may be as young as 12 and coaches 16 or older.

There will be an informational meeting and sign up with free pizza Thursday, Nov 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Hub, 814 Fritzie Ave, Crivitz. Overflow parking is available at the Presbyterian Church. Weekly gym time and location is pending, but will be at either the Crivitz Elementary or High School.

For more information contact Jen at 715-757-3880.


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