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The Williams YMCA of Avery County

Special Olympics

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Special Olympics is a year-round sports training and competition program for children and adults ages 8 and up with intellectual disabilities. All participation for athletes is FREE and our local program is supported entirely by volunteers and local donations.  Every aspect of Special Olympics programming in Avery County is impacted by volunteer support with direct contributions of time, monetary donations, or both.  We currently have over 70 athletes participating in:

  • Track and Field,
  • Swimming,
  • Alpine Skiing,
  • Softball Skills,
  • Basketball Skills,
  • Bowling,
  • Bocce, and
  • Golf. 

Our goal is to grow and expand these programs as well as offering new opportunities in other sports.  We are always seeking volunteers and coaches to allow us to expand our program offerings.  All training is provided free of charge.