Harvey County Special Olympics local program is completely operated by volunteers. Harvey County Special Olympics has a Board of Directors. We are listed under the umbrella of Special Olympics Kansas, Inc. We use the South Central Special Olympics office in Wichita. We operate in Harvey County and serve Marion County, also. Some of the cities include Newton, Halstead, Hesston, Hillsboro, and Peabody.
Harvey County Special Olympics offers year round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We participate in 7 of the 21 sports offered by Special Olympics Kansas. All sports are designed so that athletes of all skill levels can be successful. Athletes need to notify us and says what sport activities they choose to participate in.
Harvey County Special Olympics offer the sports fee for each activity at a small cost to the athlete. Throughout the year we hold several fundraisers to raise the money needed secure practice facilities, purchase uniforms and equipment, and transportation to attend the Area and State Competitions.
Our Activities list to review all the different sports we offer and the general time frame they are offered. We typically practice once a week in facilities in Newton. Each sport generally runs six to eight weeks as well as a Regional Event and State Event. All Regional events are held in the area, such as Wichita, Haysville and Maize. State Events are held at various locations across Kansas.
To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.