Special Olympics 2014

Press Release

Posted on February


Volunteers and supporters are needed for the 2014 Special Olympics North Section Basketball Tournament.  More than 500 athletes with mental retardation or other developmental disabilities will come to Lorain County Community College’s campus to compete in this annual basketball tournament.

Teams that win in this regional tournament qualify to play in the Special Olympics State Tournament. 
The North Section tournament is scheduled for 5-9 p.m., Thur., Feb. 27; 5:30-11 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., March 1, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sun., March 2 at LCCC’s Ewing Activities Center. 
For more information on volunteering, contact LCCC’s Student Life office at 440-366-4747 or log on to www.lorainccc.edu/so.

“This is Special Olympics 19th year holding the regional tournament at Lorain County Community College and it’s been a fantastic run because of all of the wonderful volunteers,” said Joe Antonucci, North Section director of Special Olympics Ohio. “We could never put on an event like this without all of the volunteers who come to help or just cheer. It makes the event special for the athletes.”
Special Olympics competitions are patterned after the Olympic Games. More than 16,000 games, meets, and tournaments in both summer and winter sports are held worldwide each year.  More than one million volunteers organize and run local Special Olympics, serving as coaches, game officials, drivers, and in many other capacities.  Anyone can learn how to participate through the many training programs Special Olympics offers for coaches, officials, and volunteers.

At LCCC, volunteers are needed for the following positions – scoreboard operators, game bookkeepers, announcers and music operators.  Other game-related positions include fans in the stands, signs, vocalists and instrumentalists to sing or play the National Anthem.  Groups and individuals are sought to participate in the “Adopt a Team” activity – becoming its chief supporter and friend throughout the weekend.

“The extra effort put forth by the local committee, volunteers and LCCC makes this one of the best tournaments Special Olympics runs in Ohio,” Antonucci said.

Special Olympics Ohio seeks to provide improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image, friendships and increased family support for those with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.  Teams competing come from Allen, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Stark, Summit, and Wayne counties. Approximately 25 basketball games are played during this tournament.

Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with mental retardation.  Headquartered in Washington D.C., Special Olympics guides local, area, state, and national programs around the world.

The 2014 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament is sponsored by LCCC’s Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Student Life office.


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