Some of our teams have been training and preparing for Summer Games all year. It is almost their time to shine (but we know they shine all the time). Please join us in cheering loudly for our bowling team, cheerleading team, gymnastics team, and our swimming team. If you see them around town then give them a big high five and let them know how great they are going to do. You might even want to do a little dance with them. We do have a donations page setup for our teams (BCSO Store). Please donate if you can to help them travel to states. We can’t run this program without the help of our amazing coaches, volunteers, parents, and this amazing community we are part of!
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?
Is there a new sport or activity you would like to learn?
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). Call 828.250.4265 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.