Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Islip Sends Six to Special Olympics Games

Six student-athletes from the district participated in the Special Olympics 2018 Spring Games South, hosted by Hampton Bays High School on May 6. This is the second year that Islip’s students have competed in Special Olympics events.

Members of the Islip Booster Club, led by President Terry Going initiated and organized the district’s Special Olympics activities, supported by Islip’s SEPTA. Volunteer coaches Dave Clapps, Marissa Peterson and Patty Whitehouse trained the student-athletes for the games. Islip students and staff also volunteered, supporting the students and their families at the event. 

“The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic completion in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities,” said Kate O’Callaghan, Islip’s executive director for student support services. “This gives them continuing opportunities to develop fitness and courage as they participate in the games with other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”