Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana: 2018 Family of the Year

For Missee and Joe Foster, Special Olympics has been a way of life for nearly 25 years. Since 1994—when the Fosters attended their first Indiana Summer Games to cheer on Missee’s brother, Sam—the family of five has logged more than 120 combined years of experience as athletes, coaches, unified partners, and volunteers.

Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana: 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Over the course of the past 28 years, Steve Bingelli, Sr. has been at the heart and soul of the Special Olympics movement in Clark County, often logging as many as 40 hours per week while serving in roles ranging from coach to chaperone to Area Competition Director to County Coordinator.

Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana: 2018 LETR Officer of the Year

Nicknamed “Big Dog,” Sheriff Michael Nielsen is a larger than life role model and friend to the athletes of our Boone County program. His genuine enthusiasm shines through in his every interaction with the athletes and their families, and his sincere encouragement and support have made a lasting impression in the lives of the people we serve.

Spirit of Special Olympics Indiana: 2018 Coach of the Year

A longtime Class A volunteer in Special Olympics Indiana’s Washington Township program, Craig Peterson is a member of the County Management Team and a parent to athletes Andrew and Michael, but he is a coach and supporter to all who participate in the local track and field, distance run/walk, and basketball programs.

2018 State Conference

This year’s conference will focus on several key issues that are the pillars of the Special Olympics movement. Help us celebrate our past as we honor those who have laid the foundation of our organization over the past 50 years, and be a part of our future as we work together with athlete leaders to develop our next Strategic Plan.