Village Lodge has made a donation to sponsor the costs of an athlete competing in the Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games. The event will be held from June 24 to June 26, 2016 at the athletic facilities of The Ohio State University. Children and adults with intellectual disabilities from across the state will take part in this event.
Ohio Masons have given more than $3.3 million to Special Olympics Ohio to support the program since 1979. In 2014, they contributed $175,000. In addition to financial support, the Masons host a welcome center for Summer Games’ athletes and their families, provide volunteer help during the contests, and participate in the Parade of Athletes during the opening ceremonies.
Special Olympics Ohio provides year-round sports training and competition opportunities for more than 21,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.
There are approximately 125 local and area events and Special Olympics Ohio hosts eight state-wide competitions each year, covering 22 sports. Those interested in volunteering can read more here, or you can also make a tax deductible donation.