Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport everyday around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education, and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities; solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance, and inactivity they face.
Special Olympics provides opportunities for more than 4.4 million athletes, 1.3 million volunteers, and millions more people worldwide through 226 Accredited Special Olympics Programs in more than 170 countries. At Johnston High School, athletes compete in area Bowling in the fall and Track and Field in the spring.
Special education athletes are eligible to compete and general education peers are encouraged to volunteer and assist. Peer assistants can be paired with an athlete at events and for practices to promote friendship and independence. There are also opportunities throughout the year for activities with Special Olympics that fall outside of school sponsorship, however, are open to all.
Sponsor: Sallie Hedgepeth