Special Olympians take to the slopes for training

Samuel John

Samuel John

Special Olympics Hamilton County held its annual ski training day at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

More than 200 Special Olympians of all ages from across Hamilton County joined in. Volunteers from Procter & Gamble, The Goodtimers and Cincinnati Ski Club, as well as students from St. William School, helped SOHC athletes as they moved through training activities.

“One of the goals of Special Olympics is to connect our athletes with the broader community,” said Executive Director Janet Smith. “This training day, with all the volunteers we get, is a great way to help achieve that goal.”

Perfect North Slopes allowed SOHC to use its slope at a reduced cost. Additional support came from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee.

The practice was in preparation for the Special Olympics Ohio State Winter games, which were held Feb. 7-8 at Brandywine Ski Resort in Cuyahoga National Park.

Special Olympics Hamilton County provides year-round sports, training and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics athletes and volunteers from SOHC Unified Ski Club: Austin Ross, Micah Bachrach, Abbie Maine, Libby Maine, Robbie Knodle, Meredith Irwin, Alex Bender, Michael Edleheit  and (kneeling) Arielle Bachrach and Margot Wayne

Special Olympics athletes and volunteers from SOHC Unified Ski Club: Austin Ross, Micah Bachrach, Abbie Maine, Libby Maine, Robbie Knodle, Meredith Irwin, Alex Bender, Michael Edleheit and (kneeling) Arielle Bachrach and Margot Wayne

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