Presented by FedEx Express, the organization’s largest annual single day fundraiser will once again bring thousands to the Indianapolis International Airport to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes and programs throughout the state.
Diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other developmental disabilities after coming to America, learning English was just the first challenge on Anastasia Helmich’s road to becoming a Special Olympics athlete leader and Health Messenger.
Special Olympics Indiana partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) again this year to provide a Unified Experience to the students who participated in the National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) on July 24. Nearly 50 Special Olympics athletes from across the state took part in the event, joining approximately 150 NFHS high school and college student-athletes from around the United States and Canada.
At the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, a select group of Indiana athletes, coaches, and unified partners joined their counterparts from across the nation in showcasing the organization’s message of “inclusion through sports.” And they returned home as champions, earning a total of 17 gold, 13 silver, and 12 bronze medals.
More than 75 Special Olympics Indiana athletes, unified partners, and coaches will make their way to Seattle for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this weekend.