Through Special Olympics’ Unified Champion Schools program, high school students in Indiana and across the country are embracing Unified Sports® and, together, are making social inclusion a priority in their lives.
In keeping with Special Olympics’ commitment to improving the overall health and quality of life of the people we serve, Unified Fitness Clubs have been springing up across the state—offering opportunities for athletes and unified partners to come together for group exercise on a regular basis.
Winning tickets for our year-long USA Games fundraiser, the ‘Go for the Gold’ Sweepstakes, were drawn at our State Bowling Tournament on Dec. 2.
Chris Perdue is a snowboarder—among the first to take up the sport when it became an official Winter Games event in Indiana and among the best in the years since—and in the last year has achieved a great deal through his work on the slopes, including winning gold at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Juanita Garten Eacret has served as Benton County Coordinator since 1982, and over the course of last 35 years has served as head coach for many sports at one time or another. During her coaching career, Juanita has coached countless athletes in bowling, gymnastics, swimming, track & field, and powerlifting.
Special Olympics athlete Lindsay “Lin” Hanna, her brother Josh, and her parents, Art and Sue, have been involved with our Washington Township program since 1997, when Lin and Art began competing in golf as unified partners. In the 20 years since, the Hanna’s have been a steady presence in their local program and have made their mark on all whose paths they’ve crossed.