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Special Olympics football this Friday

sportsspecialolympicsstagingfootballA full day of exciting match-ups are anticipated this Friday when the Special Olympics Barbados National Games Football Championship is staged at the Police Sports Club Grounds at Weymouth, Roebuck Street, St. Michael.

Organisers say the Special Olympics athletes have been in training and are keen and ready to hit the field for the annual competition, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The football competition is a continuation of the Special Olympics National Games, which started in March with track and field, aquatics and bocce. Still to come this year is the Special Olympics Cricket Championship, which is set to bowl off in October.

The participation and support of the community are integral to the success enjoyed by intellectually challenged individuals and organisers have called on fans to help build the confidence of the athletes by their cheers, recognition and encouragement when they attend on Friday.†The football championship is free to the public.

The Special Olympics National Games will not only be providing the joy of competition for the athletes, but will also help to prepare Barbados’ athletes for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles, California.†The organisation is hoping to send a large team to this international competition to represent the country, and Barbadians can assist in the effort by donating to the “Road to The World Games Fund” created by Digicel.

Contributions can be made by depositing money into collection tins, which have been placed in all Digicel locations and many other business outlets island-wide.†Donations can also be made directly to the fund at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, account number 1001111009.

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