Looking for athletes

To the Editor:

I would like to thank Jennifer Brookens for writing the article and the Sentinel for the space on the front page on Tuesday, Feb. 19. It was greatly appreciated. I’m writing this letter to follow up and stress the focus of our group.

Martin County Special Olympics would like to offer opportunities to individuals with disabilities to participate competitively in the sport of their choice, keeping in mind that Special Olympics offers competitions in that sport.

At this time, our primary focus as an organization is on finding school-aged athletes, other athletes and volunteers to help with practices and to coach. Our practices for the athletic competition will begin 2 p.m. April 7, and continue throughout the month of April on each Sunday of the month. Alternate practice arrangements have been made so that practices will take place rain or shine.

The area competition will be May 5 at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Special Olympics offers 17 different sports opportunities at various times throughout the year. This year, our plans include the formation of an athletic team, forming a softball team in early summer, and bowling team later in the year. More information on these teams will be sent out as the season approaches.

If an athlete wants to compete in a different Special Olympic sport, we are more than willing to work with them to get them ready for an area competition.

Again, I would like to thank the Sentinel for its contribution to Special Olympics.

James Miller