Special Olympics Indiana hosted its Area 2 Basketball Sectional on March 18 at Henryville High School. Athletes – like Braeley England (pictured) – from 13 counties competed in the tournament.
The not-for-profit organization provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, which includes more than 12,000 athletes across Indiana.
“We take in anyone with intellectual disabilities, 8 years old and a desire to become more active and achieve personal growth,” said Michelle Dewitt, Special Olympics Indiana’s Washington County Coordinator. “They division everyone according to ability This ensures they learn and compete with others of like abilities. Trust me, they are very competitive too! They (also) have skills for individuals who cannot play a game. This gives them the opportunity to build skills. Some eventually move on to play on a team while others remain competitive in skills.”
The organization relies heavily on volunteers and exists solely on corporate, civic and individual donations. To learn more, go to www.soindiana.org.