The Lee County, AL Special Olympics program is open to participants eight years of age and older who live or attend school in Lee County, AL.
Athletes are allowed to participate in any of the following events: Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football (Soccer), Golf, Gymnastics (Artistic), Gymnastics (Rhythmic), Motor Activities, Powerlifting, Softball, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Tennis and Volleyball. Most athletes in the Lee County area participate in Athletics (Track and Field), Basketball, Bowling, Cycling, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Power Lifting, Softball, Swimming, or Volleyball. If you have an athlete or group that wants to try a new event, please let us know. We will help find a coach for that sport and local, regional or area games where that athlete/group of athletes can compete. Athletes are allowed to participate in as many sports/events as they would like on a local or regional level. However, an athlete can only compete in one sport at the State and National Games. Athletes are placed in divisions based on their age, gender, and qualifying score/time.
Unified Sports, we proud to offer more team sports through our Unified Sports. Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. In Unified Sports, teams are made of people of similar age and ability, which practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having a sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.
Medicals and participation waivers are required for all participants in the Special Olympics program. Medicals are current for 3 years, after which a new medical form must be completed. A physician's signature is required on the medical form. If you are unsure if your students need to update their medicals, please contact the Lee County Director to check against the Master List. If you know you already need medicals, please feel free to contact the Director with the amount you need and they will be mailed to you shortly. All medicals must be current on the day the student participates in an athletic event.
Many people think they do not have enough expertise to become a Special Olympics coach; however, all it takes is a willingness to learn a few, simple rules of the sport and then plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement for the athletes. Coaching is an extremely rewarding experience and something that just might change your life! If you don't think you have enough time to commit to becoming a coach, then please consider becoming a Volunteer. Any time you can give to these wonderful athletes is well spent and very much appreciated! Most coaching and orientation workshops are held each Fall - please check back for future workshop dates.
For more information about the Lee County Special Olympics program please contact Dana Stewart, 334-501-2939 or via e-mail. You can also join our e-newsletter list by submitting your e-mail address to Dana Stewart or you can become a member of our Facebook group page by visiting www.facebook.com and searching for the Special Olympics Alabama - Lee County fan page.
For more information about Special Olympics Alabama, please contact Dr. Bob Bushong, Executive Director, at 1-334-242-3383 or visit the state office located in Montgomery, AL.
For more information about Special Olympics, please follow the link.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines 2016/2017:
Medical and Waiver Forms are due December 16, 2016
Bowling Scores are due: February 17, 2017
Sectional Aquatics Meet: March 3, 2017 - Opelika SportsPlex
Area Bowling Tournament: March 6& 7, 2017 - AMF Bowling Co. Auburn
State Basketball Tournament: March 9&10 - Montgomery, AL (Frazer United Methodist Church and various gyms in Montgomery)
Area Track/Field Tournament: April 11, 2017 - J.D. Evilsizer Track Field, Smiths Station, AL
Mondays, 1-3pm: Special Olympics Bowling Practice (Adults Only), AMF Lanes -Auburn
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm or 4:30-5:30pm: Special Olympics Aquatics Practice, Opelika SportsPlex
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 Special Olympics Track and Field Practice, Auburn High School Track
Fridays, 4:30-5:30pm: Special Olympics Unified Basketball Practice, Dean Road Recreation Center
Sundays, 2:30-3:30pm: Special Olympics Track and Field Practice, Auburn High School Track
Sundays, 3:30-4:30pm: Special Olympics Unified Softball Practice, Practice Field Auburn High School
*ALL practice cancelations will be made via our Facebook Fan Page. Cancelation announcements will be posted by 3:00pm on weekdays and by 1:00pm on Sundays. Please ALWAYS check the Facebook page before leaving your house in case a cancelation notice has been posted. If you are not a Fan of our Facebook page, please log on to Facebook and search for Special Olympics Alabama – Lee County and “Like” our page.