WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Commission approved a $500 financial contribution to assist with the 2016 Special Olympics scheduled to take place on May 3.
The event will be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m.
Dee Hatfield approached the commission stating, “I am the new County Director for the Mingo County Special Olympics and we need funds to make it happen. Our church donates a lot but it is still not enough. We feed them. We feed the volunteers. They each get a t shirt every year. There are a bunch of different things that have to come together to make it work.”
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard responded asking, “What is your budget?”
“It is usually $1,500 to $2,000,” Hatfield explained. Hatfield explained that $500 of that amount had already been obtained.
The commission continued the discussion of possible sources of funding for the Special Olympics including sponsorship for t shirts.
“How many students do we have?” Hubbard questioned as the discussion continued.
“We have around 144 participating this year. We will have 90 volunteers; 45 volunteers from Mingo Central High School and 45 volunteers from Tug Valley High School,” Hatfield continued.
Hatfield explained that the 2016 Special Olympics will be held at the Williamson Field House. “It will be at the Williamson Field House on May 3. We moved it from Mingo Central down to the Field House. It is more centrally located. We are going to try outside unless it is bad weather… We would rather have it out on the field. There are shelters where they can be shaded if it is really hot. We have had it at Mingo Central and there is no place to get out of the heat. It gets really hot on that turf,” Hatfield continued.
Following a discussion, Hubbard stated, “I make a motion that the county gives $500 for the Special Olympics.”
Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith seconded the motion and it was approved.
“So that gets you to a thousand,” Hubbard stated. “The three of us will make up the other $500 personally through our businesses as a sponsorship.”
According to the Special Olympic website, “The Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.”
For more information on the Special Olympics visit http://www.specialolympics.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)