Last week, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority hosted a bowling event as part of the Special Olympic Games at Jac’s Bowling Lane. At the event, many volunteers arrived to show support and to help, including students and staff from the Valdosta State University Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Moody Air Force Base, and hundreds of students and teachers from surrounding South Georgia counties.
Tammy Greenway, an adjunct professor in the Kinesiology & Physical Education Department at Valdosta State, has a son, Cade who has special needs. Cade is currently a student at Lowndes High School. According to Greenway, Cade has a desire to be social, and participating in bowling allows for him to be with friends while increasing his self-confidence. Greenway comments that being involved in this event allows for her son to believe he is a part of the normalcy of life. Lee Brown, an educator at a local elementary school says that her son Cullen was very excited to attend the event this year. Brown loves seeing the Valdosta State students and high school students help others with special needs.
The event gained the support of many individuals in the community, in hopes to heighten awareness about the importance of the inclusion of students with special needs. The Special Olympics of Georgia provide opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities to strengthen physical fitness, demonstrate courage, develop lasting friendships, and to experience joy.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times, October 31, 2019