Camp Daniel Special Olympics

 

Camp Daniel recently formed the only Special Olympics agency for the Crivitz area. Wisconsin has 163 Special Olympics Agencies, fielding over 10,000 athletes. Most of these agencies and teams are located in the southern areas of the state. Of the 163 agencies in Wisconsin, for many years, there has been only one agency in Marinette County, located in Marinette….until now.

We started off with the bowling season this past fall, practicing at the Crivitz Youth Center for the Unified Sports program. This program is a newer program under Special Olympics which allows volunteers to compete alongside athletes. Camp Daniel continually looks for ways for individuals with intellectual disabilities to connect and build relationships within the community.  Jen Bury is the Agency Manager and states, “Unified Sports is a win-win for everyone. More volunteers get involved because they get to participate and genuine relationships are more easily formed as volunteers and athletes practice and compete together on the same playing field.”

The Unified Bowling Tournament was held at the beginning of December in Green Bay.  We had one team in the doubles division and one team of four. Both our teams took first place!

After the bowling season, Camp Daniel decided to work together with The Crivitz School District Community Education Department, allowing more of the community and students to get involved. This has been a good move since this has allowed us to connect with athletes, volunteers, and families we would not have connected with otherwise.

The Unified 3v3 Basketball Tournament was held the beginning of December in Appleton. We had two teams compete. Though neither team did not place, we all had a fun time.

We are grateful to the Crivitz School District for donating retired jerseys. We added the Special Olympics logo and the Camp Daniel name on the back. We looked pretty sharp on the court. As you might have noticed, we do not have bowling shirts, yet. If anyone would like to donate for the team to get actual bowling shirts, we would be grateful!

Apart from the Unified Sports program, Camp Daniel will also be participating in the regular Special Olympics sports seasons, such as basketball and bowling, and possibly soccer and bocce ball; with more sports to be added in the future. There are also opportunities for athletes who use wheelchairs to participate; for example, ramp bowling.

The Camp Daniel-Crivitz Special Olympics team is currently practicing for the regular basketball season. We are practicing at the Crivitz Elementary School Sundays from 4-5pm. We are continuing to seek athletes and volunteers.  It is open to athletes with an intellectual disability aged 8 and older. Volunteers and coaches are needed to assist in practices, and to compete alongside the athletes. Volunteers may be as young as 12 and coaches 16 or older.

After practice we meet for pizza and social time at The Hub in Crivitz. This has been a great time to get to know each other and share a meal.

If you are interested in competing, volunteering, cheering, supporting our Special Olympics teams, contact jen@campdaniel.org

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