NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Everyone is special at the Special Olympics of Virginia

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Everyone is special at the Special Olympics of Virginia

By: Kym Grinnage

A few weeks ago I asked our viewers to let me know if there was a non-profit in our community that was doing good and I would give them a shout out as part of my commentary. This week I would like to recognize the Special Olympics of Virginia.

As it is stated on their website, the Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Their mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. They want to create a world that is more humane and friendly; a place that accepts and celebrates differences among people; a bigger, better community based on the understanding that we are people first, and each one a reflection of human dignity.

The viewer who nominated the Special Olympics had this to say, "The Virginia Special Olympics organization has been a Godsend to my daughter and helped with her coordination, self-esteem and other developmental issues."

If you would like to learn more about the Special Olympics of Virginia and how you can be part of this movement, go to:

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