Special Olympics: A Special Day for Everyone

Special Olympics is one of the most engaging days of the school year here at Mehlville. It was founded in 1968, and has been changing lives since. Special Olympics contribute to different sports competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

“Special Olympics supports more than 5 million athletes, 1 million coaches, and volunteers, more than 100,000 competitions each year and 32 Olympic-type sports through programs in more than 170 countries”according to the Special Olympics’ website.

It gives students the opportunity to participate in a day filled with fun activities and games.  Students from all ages come together to take part in a track and field event. Buddies help around with the event, and take in this fun moment to be there with the participants. 

 At Mehlville, in 2019, the Special Olympics were held indoors due to some weather conditions outdoors. It was still manageable, and very successful despite the location change. In 2020, due to COVID, there was not a Special Olympics event. This year, the Steering Committee is hoping for change and has plans for the event to take place this May 2022.