Photo Gallery | All Are Winners in Jacksonville's Special Olympics

SPECIAL OLYMPICS, DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Miller on Sports.com captured the Special Olympics at Englewood High School on the Southside in Jacksonville, Florida.   Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-around training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type summer and winter sports.  Special Olympics Duval is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering these special individuals to become physically fit, productive and respected members of our community through sports training and competition.  Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968 and since that time it has grown to become the world’s largest program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.  Special Olympics Duval County was established in 1969.  Special Olympics Florida, incorporated in 1972, is headquartered in Clermont, Florida, and is divided into eleven area programs, covering 51 counties and over 15,000 athletes.  It is such a special day for these children and adults to be given an opportunity to develop and demonstrate their physical skills and capabilities before family, friends, and community supporters. 

These photographs capture their love of competition as well as the devotion of all the volunteers and community supporters.   The Jacksonville Giants basketball team offered free tickets to all the volunteers and participants in today’s Special Olympics.  The invitation extends to the family members of these special participants.  That game will be played at the University of North Florida this evening at 6:00 p.m. when the Giants face the Chicago Fury.  Hot dogs, popcorn, and drinks will be sold for $1.00 each from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m.  Come join the Giants and Miller on Sports.com so we can show the Fury what GIANT support our community is capable of offering to these Special Olympians and the Giants players.      

For more information and an opportunity to volunteer and/or provide sponsorship or funds, visit www.soflduval.org or contact Michelle Jacobs McCormick, the Duval County Coordinator, at 904-307-4221.

THIS INFORMATION WAS COMPILED BY RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST AND JACKSONVILLE GIANTS TELEVISION PLAY BY PLAY ANNOUNCER RICHARD MILLER.  AT 26, RICHARD MILLER IS THE YOUNGEST RADIO SPORTS TALK HOST IN THE NATION.  HIS SHOW, MILLER ON SPORTS, AIRS WEEKDAYS FROM 4:00 TO 6:00 P.M. ON AM 1600 WZNZ.  LISTEN TO MILLER ON SPORTS.   “EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST TALK.”  All photographs and images are the property of Miller On Sports.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. 

Photos by:  B.L. Miller

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