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Special Olympics Motto: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition among those of equal abilities, people with developmental disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large is united in understanding, equality, respect and acceptance.
Stark DD Special Olympic programs are open to those 8 years of age and older who live in the Stark County community, and are eligible to receive Board Services. Students attending either Board or public school programs, and adults attending Board programs or those in our community are welcome!
Currently, Stark DD participates in six internationally recognized Special Olympics sports: Basketball (Men’s and Women’s), Bowling, Track & Field, Bocce, Swimming, and Softball. There is also a developmental program designed for persons with more severe handicaps, emphasizing training and participation more than competition.
How do you sign up to be a part of Stark DD Special Olympics?
- Download and complete the Stark DD Special Olympics Application. Don’t forget to complete the physical examination form. Return all forms to Bryan Stuck, Coordinator, 2950 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, OH 44708. Once completed forms are returned and approved you will receive a welcome letter for the Special Olympics Coordinator and you may begin signing up for sports teams.
- Pick which sport you wish to play and attend a Sign-Up Day. These Sign-Up dates will be posted on our Calendar of Events found on our homepage. Some sport teams may be limited on the number of athletes that can be accommodated; in that case there will be waiting lists to play.
Sports seasons include: Bowling (runs January – June) / Track & Field (runs March – June) \ Softball (runs June through September) \ Swimming (runs September – December) \ Basketball (runs November – March)
- Attend the events! Each sport will include practices, competitions, and State events. Coaches will supply calendars for the team. Banquets follow each sport to celebrate the season. Each team has trained coaches to make it a great experience.