State Representative Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, joined House Speaker Brian
Bosma, R-Indianapolis, legislators, staff and other state office holders in
donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana
today at the Statehouse.
"Special Olympics Indiana is honored to be chosen by Speaker Bosma for
Organization Day. Research has found that individuals with intellectual
disabilities who participate in Special Olympics become more involved in
their communities. Our over 11,000 athletes throughout Indiana live, work
and vote in almost every county throughout the state," said Special Olympics
Indiana CEO/President Michael Furnish.
The organization is a nonprofit that provides year-round sports training and
athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and
adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes represent 74 county
and local programs each run by volunteer management teams who recruit
participants, conduct sports training, raise money, build awareness and
compete at local and state events.
"With so many talented athletes participating in Special Olympics of
Indiana, roughly 11,000, this was a remarkable opportunity for the
legislature to work together and fill a need, supporting such a worthy
cause," said Soliday. "The organization employs some of the most
kind-hearted, genuine people I have ever met, and I was privileged to help
support them today."
Legislators and staff brought in sporting equipment, food, drinks, office
supplies, and other items for Special Olympics of Indiana. Five athletes
were present to accept the donations and thank those who participated in the
"As legislators, we have the honor and responsibility to make decisions that
affect the entire state, and it is important from time to time to step back
and look beyond what happens inside the walls of this building," said
Speaker Bosma. "I applaud all the men and women who work hard to serve this
organization. It was phenomenal to see so many Hoosiers come together to
support a great cause.”
For more information on Special Olympics of Indiana, visit