Let’s Get Ready to Bowl!

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Registration is open for our 2017 bowling season.  It seems like it has been a long time, but we are ready to start our bowling season March 18, 2017.

Registration is to be completed online at www.buncombecountyspecialolympics.org.  Please take time to get familiar with the site.  The training schedule/calendar for each sport is listed there.

Each athlete must complete an Athlete Season Request before starting practice. The request can be located in the “Resource Tab” on the site. It is a simple online form that is submitted electronically after completion. This form is required for every athlete regardless of the other sports they are participating in; it allows us to ensure an accurate headcount and keeps contact information up to date.

The Athlete Participation Form (APF) must be on file with Buncombe County Special Olympics before the athlete can participate. There are no exceptions to this policy. If you are unsure if your is up to date, please email (special.olympics@buncombecounty.org) or call us (828.250.4265)

The Athlete Code of Conduct is being reintroduced and implemented in all programs.  Each athlete will be requires to review the form and sign or signature of the Guardian/Parent will be accepted.

Athletes must have an adult caregiver/family member on the campus at practice at all times. Coach contact information and practice location will be provided to those who have completed the registration process.

Athlete Spotlight – Danny Bourne

 

Today’s athlete spotlight focuses on Danny Bourne. Danny doesn’t just play Soccer for Buncombe County Special Olympics, but he takes his roll as an athlete and supporter much further. Danny made reindeer out of tree bark this year to sell in order to raise money for our local program. Danny was able to sell all his reindeer and raised over $200 for the local program. It is dedication like his that help this program succeed.

We asked him a few questions about Special Olympics and here are his answers.

What is your favorite sport or activity with Special Olympics?

Soccer.

Is there a new sport or activity you would like to learn?

Skiing.

What do you like best about Special Olympics?

Hanging out with my friends.

What do you do outside of Special Olympics?

Choir and cooking.

What is one word that describes you?

I am a good man!

Is there anything you want people to know about Special Olympics?

Great place to hang out.

Danny is pictured above with his reindeer on the right. The left picture is of a local bank (First Bank) who bought some of his reindeer and decorated their tree at work with them.

Thank you Danny for your continued support and enthusiastic attitude towards the other athletes and coaches.

#coffee4champs Disney ticket winner announced!

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Throughout the month of August local coffee shops donated a penny per cup of coffee sold to our  program. This campaign not only raised money for Buncombe County Special Olympics, but it helped bring awareness to our athletes and the amount of effort and dedication our athletes show everyday. It is important to them to know they have an entire community behind them.

We asked the community to take pictures at their local participating coffee shops and post a picture with the hashtag #coffee4champs. We randomly drew a name of all the people who submitted pictures and our winner of the Disney Tickets is Hannah Moore. She is excited to attend Disney for the very first time!

Congratulations Hannah! We hope you have a blast! Thank you to everyone who supported Buncombe County Special Olympics just by drinking coffee! Check in during summer 2017 for our next Coffee4Champions campaign.

Young Athletes Program Starts Next Session October 26

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The Young Athletes Program (YAP) is an inclusive program for children ages 2-7 with or without intellectual disabilities. The focus is on fun activities that are important to mental and physical growth. Activities will aid in the development of social and motor skills for children within this age range. This program also helps in bridging the gap between children with and without intellectual disabilities by integrating them at a young age and teaching acceptance for all.

The YAP curriculum provides an outlet for physical activity and socialization in a format that engages strengths, differences, inclusion, and collective accomplishment. Unlike many similar programs, YAP is offered free of charge to all participants.

Fall 2016 YAP will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:15pm starting on October 26th. The will be held at the Jewish Community Center located at 236 Charlotte Street, Asheville 28801. The room will be held in the gym on the second floor and there is an elevator available for use.

In order to participate, register your athlete online with our athlete registration form and complete Young Athlete Registration Form (you can bring it to your first session or e-mail it to special.olympics@buncombecounty.org).  Call 828.250.4265 or e-mail special.olympics@buncombecounty.org for more information.

Soccer Team Preps for Soccer Invitational

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The Buncombe County Special Olympics Soccer team has been practicing and preparing to take on opponents from neighboring counties since the soccer season opened. The time has finally come to put their skills in the spotlight. On Sunday, October 16,2016 soccer teams from the surrounding counties will participate in a round robin style invitational at the 2016 Buncombe County Special Olympics Soccer Showdown.The Showdown will take place at the Buncombe County Sports Park from 2pm until 5pm.

They never stop. The soccer team is out enjoying some awesome weather for practice!

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If you know of a Special Olympics local program that interested in participating or if you are interested in volunteering or spectate, check out the Facebook event.

Our athletes are excited about hosting their friends from around the regional and enjoying an afternoon of socialization and competition.

Special Olympics to Benefit from Admissions to Buncombe County Pools

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Buncombe County Special Olympics Dolphins Aquatics team at the 2016 Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games

Beat the Heat!  Visit any one of the five Buncombe County Recreation Services outdoor pools on Friday, August 5, 2016 and support Buncombe County Special Olympics.

Chill out in the cool, blue waters of a swimming pool near you.  Admission is only $3.00 per person and all proceeds from Friday’s visits will be donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics.  Swim Club Management Group, the management company for the County pools has made this generous opportunity possible.

Swim Club Management Group has been an avid supporter of the Buncombe County Special Olympics aquatics team, the Dolphins, as they prepared for Summer Games earlier this year in High Point, NC.  Swim Club Management Group provided the Dolphins with new uniforms this year and has created space for them to sell ice cream throughout the summer as a fundraiser at the Erwin pool.

Friday’s event will support the entire Buncombe County Special Olympics program, which offers all of its programming at no cost to its athletes.  Buncombe County Special Olympics is volunteer run and donation driven.  Support of partners such as Swim Club Management Group is critical in creating opportunities that allow individuals with intellectual disabilities to understand what they can accomplish through athletics and to help the community at large overcome stereotypes and misconceptions about those with intellectual disabilities.

With summer quickly coming to a close, opportunities to enjoy fun in the sun and a refreshing swim end soon at most County pools as the season closes on August 14.

Participating Swimming Pools: Cane Creek, Erwin Community, Hominy Valley, North Buncombe, Owen.  Pool operating hours are 12:00pm – 5:45pm.  Pool location information can be found at https://www.buncombecounty.org/Governing/Depts/Parks/Facilities/Pools/Default.aspx.

With summer quickly coming to a close, opportunities to enjoy fun in the sun and a refreshing swim end at most County pools on August 14.

For additional information contact Lynn Pegg with Buncombe County Recreation Services (828)250-6707 or lynn.pegg@buncombecounty.org.

Athlete Spotlight – Sue Eversman

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Sue meets explains the Unified Kickball concept to WLOS Meteorologist Zack Green.

Today’s Athlete Spotlight focuses on Sue Eversman.  Sue is definitely one of our well-rounded athletes who competes in basketball, soccer, and bocce.  She traveled to High Point, North Carolina in 2015 to represent Buncombe County in soccer at the Special Olympics North Carolina Fall Tournament.  Sue has also competed in a number of regional competitions including a regional bocce competition in November 2015 and a regional basketball scrimmage in January 2016.

We asked Sue about her participation in Special Olympics and some of her favorite activities.  Her answers are below.  Look for Sue as we post pictures of events and the progress of our athletes during the season.

What is your favorite sport or activity with Special Olympics?

Basketball

Is there a new sport or activity you would like to learn?

Kickball

What do you like best about Special Olympics?

Spending time with my friends.

What do you do outside of Special Olympics?

Work at Carrabba’s, dance at the Asheville Ballroom, hoopla hoop in Pritchard Park, exercise at the Reuter Y, walk in the neighborhood

What is one word that describes you?

Outgoing

Is there anything you want people to know about Special Olympics?

I like going out and doing sports and making new friends.  I like my coaches too.

Buncombe County Special Olympics Powerlifting Team to Compete in Cheerokee Iron Boy Powerlifting Event

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The Buncombe County Powerlifting Team will be compete on Saturday, June 18, 2016 in the Iron Boy Powerlifting competition.  The team has been practicing for months to polish their skills and will take full advantage of this competition, which will integrate traditional and Special Olympic Powerlifters, to showcase their talents.

A lifters meeting will be on Saturday Morning at 9:30 A.M.  Lifting will begin at approximately 10:30 A.M.

Spectators and support team members are encourage to cheer the team on.  There is a $6.00 spectators fee for all adult non-lifters,  $3.00 for students, and children under 5 are free.
The event will take place at Cherokee Fitness Complex, 37 Cherokee Boys Club Loop, Cherokee, NC 28719.

Understanding Special Olympics

There’s any number of misconceptions out there about Special Olympics and the intellectually disabled population it serves. Overall, the program continues to build support and opportunities for its athletes and acceptance within their communities. Matthew Williams explains the importance of the program with an eloquence that few can muster.