Special Olympics Softball Uniforms

In August, the Kearney Dawn Rotary Club made a generous and heartwarming contribution to the Special Olympics athletes in Kearney by providing two teams with complete softball uniforms, including jerseys, pants, and socks. This kind act was not just about providing sporting attire; it was a gesture of inclusion and support for the athletes’ dedication and hard work.

The Special Olympics, with its mission of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, aims to offer opportunities for these individuals to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy. This mission aligns perfectly with the Rotary Club’s commitment to community service and empowerment.

As the two teams donned their new uniforms, a sense of pride and unity was palpable. They traveled to Omaha, where they competed with vigor and enthusiasm. Their hard work and determination were evident on the field, as one team clinched the gold medal while the other proudly secured the bronze. The victories were more than just athletic achievements; they were a testament to the spirit of the Special Olympics, which is about bringing people together, breaking down barriers, and celebrating the abilities and accomplishments of all athletes.

The Kearney Dawn Rotary Club’s gesture went beyond mere sponsorship; it was an embodiment of the belief that every individual, regardless of ability, deserves the chance to excel and be part of a team. The athletes’ success in Omaha, adorned in uniforms that symbolized community support and inclusion, was a shining example of the Special Olympics mission coming to life.

Pictured here are just two of the athletes along with their coach, Jennifer Behlman making a short presentation at KDR’s Sept. 6th meeting. They were so proud to show us their uniforms and tell us about their success at their August tournament.

About Kearney Dawn Rotary Club: The Kearney Dawn Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a global network of volunteers who are committed to making positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Their donation to the Special Olympics teams is part of their ongoing efforts to support and empower individuals in Kearney.

About Special Olympics: Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports. It aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities and empower them to be active participants in society.