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Warwick Valley Central School District to host Special Olympics Team for training

on September 9, 2014

The Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. in collaboration with Parents Run AMOC (Autism Move A Thon in Orange County), announces Warwick Valley Central School District will host the Parents Run AMOC Special Olympics Team for training

The Warwick Valley Central School District, with Pupil Personnel Director M. Chris Fox, Athletic Director Greg Sirico, and dedicated parents, recognize the need for students with developmental disabilities to pursue athletic interests and improve physical development.

The school district, therefore, has offered the Parents Run AMOC’s Special Olympics team use of school facilities to train on an on-going basis.

Parents Run AMOC works in partnership with the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc., raising funds to offer financial assistance to local families living with autism spectrum disorders in Orange County. In addition, the organizations promote awareness and community integration for individuals and families affected by autism. This Special Olympics team is just one way to encourage community integration.

The Special Needs community is invited to participate in this year’s Special Olympics!

A team is in the process of being formed; here’s what’s needed:

  1. Athletes – Students ages eight and above who live in Orange County and have a developmental disability. Eligibility will be extended to an athlete whose school district does not host a team or who are transported out of district. Students who do not have a developmental disability are also encouraged to train and participate with us in the Unified Events at the Special Olympics!
  2. Parents – Each special athlete must have a parent or guardian present at each practice, event and competition to support him or her.
  3. Coaches – Anyone with a passion for working with special athletes and who’s willing to receive training to become a certified Special Olympics Coach would be a great asset to our team. Information on how to become a coach will be provided at our first meeting.
  4. Volunteers – Volunteers are always welcome! Help motivate the athletes, organize events, train with the athletes and just be a friend!

For further information please email Jessica Duggins at jessespo27@gmail.com or Lisa Currao at lisacurrao@optonline.net.

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