Youth Special Olympics THIS SATURDAY!

Power Pumper is happy to announce its participation in the Nike Youth Special Olympics on Saturday, Sept. 27! We will have some Power Pumpers on hand for sale, as well as representatives to explain the benefits of helping children with special needs stay active.

This annual event promotes positive attitudes and working with children with special needs as families, friends and resources gather at Nike World Headquarters, starting at 10 a.m. Click here to get directions to the Tiger Woods Center, where the event is being held on Nike’s campus in Beaverton.

Click the image to visit the Special Olympics Oregon website.

Special Olympics Oregon works with Nike to stage the Youth Special Olympics, which has been taking place in the Portland area since 2012. More than 500 participants attended the event last year, with an even larger crowd expected this weekend.

The first 500 registered participants receive free admission and a T-shirt, and there may still be time to get your name down among those 500. Here is some information on eligibility for the Youth Special Olympics (click here to register):

To participate in Special Olympics, individuals must be at least 8 years old and have been identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions: intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures, or a closely related developmental disability.

Participation in Youth Games is Step One in the introduction process to the Special Olympics programs. For Youth Games, participants can be seven years old (and younger with approval from the Youth Games Director).

Families And Community Together, which provides info and resources for the families of children with special needs, coordinated the Youth Special Olympics this year. Power Pumper and FACT have collaborated on various events in the past, including A Day in the Park earlier this summer.

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