Friday, March 21, 2014
Special Olympics South Carolina were pleased to participate in the 11th annual Capitol Hill Day on Wednesday, March 12. Athletes, program leaders and family members from 38 states converged on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional leaders to urge their continued commitment to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Special Olympics are considered when critical decisions are made for the country. Throughout the day, athletes and ambassadors met face-to-face with their Congressional representatives.
Athlete Katie Smith, from Charleston and Sue Maner, Executive Vice President of Special Olympics South Carolina, visited many of South Carolina's Congressional representatives. Katie earned a bronze medal in Alpine Skiing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. She represented our state in the 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho and the 2013 World Winter Games in South Korea. Katie works as a mail courier and an office aide at MG and C Law Firm, is a bagger at Piggly Wiggly and still has time to volunteer at MUSC Children's Hospital. Besides skiing, Katie is in a running club, a tennis club and a theater club.
Special Olympics South Carolina offers year-round athletic training and competitions for more than 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics South Carolina is not just about sports. They keep athletes healthy and fit with a program called “Healthy Athletes,” provide leadership training and opportunities through the Athlete Leadership Program (ALPS); and create inclusive environments in schools and communities through Project Unify and Unified Sports.