Special Olympics

Williams County Special Olympics basketball players pose for a photo outside the Knights of Columbus hall in Edgerton.

Special Olympics of Williams County was able to begin in-person basketball practices with up to 10 athletes and coaches in February when some COVID-related restrictions were lifted. However, there were hurdles in trying to find a facility because of COVID-19, according to Angela Luke, Special Olympics coordinator.

But thanks to a connection made by Steve Kimpel, a Special Olympics athlete, the Edgerton Knights of Columbus has opened their doors to allow practice once a week at no charge.

“Edgerton Knights of Columbus have been very accommodating during this period. This gave some of the players the opportunity to get together and play a game they love,” said Luke.

At this time, bowling and track are returning to in-person sessions as well. Bowling is offered to athletes 8 years old and older and sessions will be on the first and third Tuesdays in April.

Track will be offered to athletes 6 years of age and older and practices are at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Montpelier High School. Athlete spots are limited due to the Special Olympics Ohio Return to Play Guidelines that are in place to keep athletes and families safe.

Individuals can sign up to participate in bowling or track in this upcoming season by contacting Luke at 567-210-1020, or email williamscospecialolympics17@gmail.com.

(Information courtesy of Special Olympics of Williams County)

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