Special Olympics Update

 

Over the years, the team at Camp Daniel has volunteered with Special Olympics whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Many of you might think this seems like an odd use of our time, but in reality, it is an extension of what we do here at camp, developing and maintaining relationships with campers. Camp Daniel campers and residents enjoy competition and being apart of the team working toward a chance to go to state. Pastor Tim, Amanda and Paul all assist with The Able Attack, which is connected with The Able Church and many of our residents, compete at different times through out the year.

November is a busy month for state Special Olympics competitions. The Able Church of Green Bay competed in the state volleyball tournament on November 5th in Watertown. The team took second place within their division and was very happy with this outcome.

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Here’s the Able Attack team and its faithful volunteers!

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The Burys with Tina Russell

Marceaux, Jen, and MJ help with the Marinette County Special Olympics program. They just had their state-bowling tournament in Green Bay at Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes last weekend.

Working with Special Olympics brings many benefits to Camp Daniel’s organization. Beyond connecting with campers, the team gets to connect with group home staff, family members and interact with other folks, who may want to come to camp as a camper or a volunteer. Special Olympics have a solid reputation in the community and through many of their community efforts we are able learn areas we might advocate for within the disability community.

For The Able Church agency in Green Bay, it has drawn in many athletes that have not been apart of The Able Church before. It has allowed for athletes a way to put into practice the things they learn at The Able Church. Furthermore, it has allowed athletes to be an example of Chist-like character at tournaments, playing against other teams. The Able Church is the only church team represented out of hundreds of Special Olympic teams throughout Wisconsin. It also allows The Able Church (and Camp Daniel) to get its name more recognition and connect people to our ministries.

The Able Church Special Olympics continues to look for volunteers to help with coaching the teams, giving rides, and agency administration. If you would like to be involved, please contact Pastor Tim at tmandich@new.rr.com

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