It is time for our 2nd Annual Area 11 Special Olympic Polar Plunge. Make plans to join us at Ebenezer Park in Rock Hill on Saturday, February 23rd. The plunge is at noon, so come early and socialize with us. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Please help us reach our goal by making a tax-deductible donation today. You may make a secure online donation through this page, mail a donation, or contact me directly to make a donation. All monies raised from this event will stay local within Area 11. Area Eleven Special Olympics provides year round sports training to children and adults with developmental disabilities; we are a nonprofit organization and depend on fundraisers to provide our services.
I have been a special education teacher in Clover, SC for 28 years and have been involved with Special Olympics for over 35 years. I am married to Rusty and have three wonderful sons. Joshua is 25 and has trained and competed in Special Olympics since he was 8 years old and he participated as a young athlete from ages 3 -7 years old. John Lauson (11) and Matthew (8) participate as Special Olympic Unified partners and buddies and participate in our school’s Be A Fan Club. Rusty serves as a medic at many of our Special Olympic events. As a family we love watching Josh compete! My heart skips a beat every time he competes. As a coach, nothing brings me more joy and happiness than watching my sweet students succeed!
I have seen firsthand how Special Olympics can change a community one person at a time. For our athletes, it improves self esteem, teaches discipline, social skills, and gives them a sense of pride and self worth through their accomplishments. For family members, it shows them that their athlete can compete and train in a sport just like anyone else. Special Olympics shows families that they can participate in many fun family outings like bowling and swimming together. They also have a sense of pride watching the joy their family member has when they compete. For our volunteers in the community, Special Olympics opens hearts and breaks barriers. Connections are made and lifelong friendships are formed. Our Olympians teach us the true meaning of living, love and friendship. I consider myself the “lucky” one being able to volunteer and coach for Special Olympics. It has changed my life and has been a true blessing to me and my family. God knew what He was doing when he introduced me to Special Olympics!!!
Please join me and my family by helping raise money for Special Olympics. It is time to take the PLUNGE and be “Freezin for a Reason”!!