The Special Olympics is a unique organization that allows for people with intellectual disabilities to participate in athletic events and compete. It is a national organization that prides itself on not only enhancing the lives of people of all ages, but inspiring those with special needs to be the best that they can be. Special Olympics reminds all of us that those with intellectual disabilities can and will succeed if they are given the opportunity. Alpha Sigma Alpha nationally has adopted Special Olympics as one of its philanthropies. Beta Lambda is proud to be an active part of the District 7 Special Olympics Track and Field events every spring. We also help with the Special Olympics basketball tournament that is put on my the men of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity. One of members started Race for a Reason, a 5K put on by Alpha Sigma Alpha, and all the proceeds go to the Special Olympics. We also participate in Polar Plunge, a fundraiser in our team takes the plunge at Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, AR to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Arkansas! For more information about Special Olympics visit their site by clicking here.
S. June Smith Center
ASAs also contribute their time and talent to the S. June Smith Center. The S. June Smith Center is a private non-profit agency providing early identification, education, training, and therapy to infants and children in Lancaster County, PA with developmental disabilities and delays. Dr. S. June Smith, founder of the center, was a lifelong Kappa Kappa chapter member. For more information on the S. June Smith Center, visit their website by clicking here. Look for the section of the web site dedicated to Alpha Sigma Alpha, located under the supporting organizations tab.
Girls on the Run
ASA has recently become involved with Girls On The Run. Girls On The Run is a non profit program for girls ages 7-11. The program works to develop high self esteem and a healthy lifestyle in young girls through exercise and friendships. This 10-12 week program helps girls recognize their inner strength. The lessons encourage positive social, emotional, and physical development. Upon completion of the program, the girls participate in a fun 5k race to celebrate their achievement.
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