Join your local Lions as we partner with Special Olympics for the Healthy Athletes summer games.  Beginning Friday, June 9 through Sunday June 11.   We need help manning our booth.  Additional volunteers are also needed for the track and field games at Dimond High School both Saturday and Sunday.

Special Olympics, Alaska’s mission is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

The weekend begins with opening ceremonies on Friday night at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at East High School. On Saturday morning we set up at Dimond High School at 8:30AM to be ready to start screening the athletes at 9:00 AM.  Lunch is provided for those working 4 hours, or more. Approximate shutdown time is 3:00 PM. We may be done earlier if the events go too long.

There will be 360 athletes plus their support staffs coming in from 10 Alaska communities this year, up from 303 last year. Our health disciplines include OPENING EYES by the Lions, FUNFitness, HEATLH PROMO, STRONG MINDS, SPECIAL SMLES and AUDITORY.

Come watch the athletes become excited when they complete a race or event that challenges their physical abilities.  Many children go through those same experiences, however, it is nice to see it in a group of people who without Special Olympics might not have ever been given the chance to try.

Special Olympics provides training and competition in many activities such as bowling, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, gymnastics, track and field. To provide this training Special Olympics needs you. You can help by either volunteering.

The Lions have partnered with Special Olympics for many years in Opening Eyes. We look forward to being present for then summer games.

You can find more information by going to the Special Olympics website at www.specialolympicsalaska.org. Here you can sign up to participate or to find out more information on how you can volunteer with the Special Olympics.

If you would like more information about Lions visit www.lionsclubs.org, www.eagleriverlions.com or www.sleepingladylions.org.

Karen Burns, District Governor