Shelby County Special Olympics hosting first event on October 10

 HARLAN -- Shelby County Special Olympics, the area’s adult athlete delegation, will hold its first-ever event at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, at Cyclone Lanes in Harlan.  The group has 34 athletes that will be bowling.
 This local delegation was started by a volunteer group of parents, educators, friends and others who work with disabled individuals after the desire to have an adult group of the Special Olympics was made known by former students in the area. Delegation managers, Jennifer and Joey Hansen, stated that the planning committee decided to start with one sport (bowling) to see how many individuals were interested in participating and to get experience in running an event. They look forward to adding more sporting events in the future, such as cheerleading, track and field, weightlifting, bocce ball and basketball.
 These events cannot happen without volunteers and donations. People wishing to volunteer can fill out the online Class A Volunteer application at or email with any questions.
 An account has been set up at Town & Country Credit Union if anyone wishes to help with the costs associated with events such as gaming fees, shirts, transportation and snacks. Those wishing to donate can deposit donations at Town & Country Credit Union to “Jennifer Hansen for Shelby County Special Olympics.” There will also be donation buckets located at area businesses.

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