LEE COUNTY, Ala. – In its 12th year, the Lee County Special Olympics continues to grow annually. Wednesday, the special Olympics held the trial for track and field events.
The Lee County Special Olympics Program has grown in both athlete participation and the number of sports offerings. Many of the athletes are encouraged to try out different sports. The athletes are known to bring a willingness to learn and emotional fortitude to their events.
The Opelika Police Department is teaming up with the Lee County Special Olympics and holding a fundraiser “Cops on Top.” The fundraiser will take place Friday, April 15 from 8 a.m. CDT – 8 p.m. CDT at the Kroger in Tiger Town. Some police officers will man the roof, while others will meet with shoppers outside the store to talk about the Special Olympics. Officers will also collect donations through t-shirts supporting the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Opelika High School football players, Olympic athletes and Special Olympic athletes will join the fundraiser throughout the day.
Kids can join the Special Olympics through their respective schools. The age limit for athletes is eight-years-old and older. However, the oldest current participant in Lee County is 73-years-old. For those who have aged out of school or whose school does not participate, please call Auburn Parks and Recreation at 334-501-2930 to join in. More information on the Special Olympics can be found here.