Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Western Valley Region is making a difference in the lives of its athletes.

Evelyn Kitchen is the Regional Coordinator of the Special Olympics, Western Valley Region, and her pride in the organization shines through. The organization, which over the course of the year offers five different sport programs including curling, swimming, bowling, snow-shoeing and track and field, plays an instrumental role in the lives of participating athletes.

The athletes love being a part of this community. It has helped them build self-esteem, confidence and has allowed them to create meaningful, long-lasting friendships. Some of the athletes have been able to travel across the region, across the country, and some even right across the world!

With all of the success that has come from the program, Karen is quick to point out the role that volunteers play. “Without the volunteers, we wouldn’t be anywhere. They help with the programs and play a key part in our success. We’re always looking for more volunteers!”

Wellness runs at the very core of what the Special Olympics are all about, and in Western Valley they have gone so far as to organize a Wellness Day on October 13, 2012 at the Woodstock Golf and Curling club. This day was organized in order to get all the athletes, volunteers and care-givers out for a special day of healthy eating, physical activity and fun.