The Virgin Islands Department of Education – Division of Special Education is seeking children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in the USVI Special Olympics Area Games that will be held March 25 on St. Croix and May 6 on St. Thomas. Volunteers are also needed to aid organizers at the events.
Maureen Moorehead, St. Croix special education district coordinator, said, “Mrs. Bryan-Heyliger and I would like to thank those special educators, family and friends of the athletes, and all the volunteers who give so freely of their time to support the Special Olympians as they discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. We look forward to seeing you on March 25th at the St. Croix Renaissance Park.”
St. Croix – March 25 at St. Croix Renaissance Park (across from Diageo); Registration: 8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies: 9 a.m.
St. Thomas – May 6 at Charlotte Amalie High School Field; Registration: 8 a.m. Opening Ceremonies: 9 a.m.
Special athletes may participate in up to three sports including track and field, basketball, bocce, soccer and tennis.
Janice Lee, Special Olympics retired national director, said, “The athletes would be thrilled to have their parents, teachers, other service providers and volunteers at the event cheering as they compete, collect awards, get and give hugs, smiles and love.”
“To make this annual event a success for our special athletes, we need the support of our entire community,” said Kishma Creque, St. Thomas Special Olympics assistant games coordinator. “Together we can make this year’s event enjoyable and memorable for our athletes with intellectual disabilities.”
To register, parents of students with intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in V.I. public schools may pick up registration packets from their child’s teacher. Students and individuals who are not enrolled in public schools may contact the appropriate representatives on each island to register.
To volunteer for the St. Croix Area Games, please contact Janice Lee at 772-2277 or register to volunteer on St. Thomas by contacting Kishma Creque at 776-4303.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. Its mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition — a variety of Olympic type sports for participants. The Virgin Islands Special Olympics was founded in 1977.