Appeal to Assist Special Olympics

Not only have they won numerous gold medals at the Special Olympic Games, but they are known to dominate in almost every other major event to which they have been invited to participate.

In a recent release from the organization, members of the general public were invited to support the athletes as they work to raise funds to participate in the June 25 to July 04, Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens 2011.

The summer games in Athens will draw over 7,000 athletes from more than 170 countries around the world. In additions, some 3,000 coaches, 25,000 volunteers and 40,000 family members, along with thousands of spectators and hundreds of journalists will be present to document the efforts and achievements of our athletes.

Among the long list of events in which the athletes engage, are basketball, figure skating, volleyball, table tennis, golf, gymnastics, bocci, athletics, floor hockey and aquatics.

Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 3.4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities. Since the establishment of the games in 1968 the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.

The athletes, coaches and volunteers are visiting various communities throughout St. Kitts selling tags in an attempt to raise funds. Every Kittitian and Nevisian is being asked to demonstrate their love and loyalty to the athletes by purchasing the tags from the various persons.

The organization is also advising the local community that monetary contributions are also welcomed. Contributions may also be made online at www.specialolympics.org.

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