Inclusion. Pride. Bravery. Acceptance. These are some words that come to mind when I think about Special Olympics and the amazing men and women who participate in the sporting events and activities for this organization.
The Special Olympics athlete oath is a great verbal representation of their mission for individuals who participate in their events. It sates “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” This oath is presented before every event by an athlete. It is a moving testament to all individuals with and without diagnoses that they can participate in these activities and have pride in doing so. This organization allows the clients at Civitan Services to be a part of something outside of our everyday experiences and have pride and feelings of accomplishment in doing so.
In February, Civitan Services had the opportunity to travel to Ouachita Baptist University to participate in Special Olympics Basketball. We had 15 client athletes attend and proudly represent Civitan Services. This included 9 clients who competed as a team and 6 individual skills athletes who competed utilizing skills such as line drills, free throws, passing drills, and others. Our team brought home the Silver medal and our athletes who competed in Individual Skills brought home multiple gold, silver and bronze medals. The day was filled with smiles and laughter and ended with pizza.
Civitan Services actively participates in Special Olympics events year round. We participate in track and field, bowling, basketball, bocce, powerlifting, and volleyball. Each summer we also attend state events in Searcy, Arkansas. Special Olympics is a great team building opportunity for both clients and staff members to be a part of.