Superintendent Talks Special Olympics

<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(July 14th) A developmental disabilities educator talks about the importance of our local Special Olympics after the program receives national attention.

Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Nate Kamban shared his reaction to former first lady Michelle Obama honored Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver during the 2017 ESPY awards held Wednesday night.

“Any time you see individuals with disabilities showcased on a national stage like that it just continue the advocacy efforts and levels the playing field so more people are exposed to the fact that people with disabilities are a part of our community.”

Kamban noted the Olympics provides individuals with disabilities the chance to be involved in something active and to make lasting relationships.

“And we sometime this lacking of a group, friends after high school and Special Olympics has really allowed that environment to continue, and that’s something I think is great about it. It also provides a chance for people without disabilities to better get to know some of our friends and neighbors with disabilities.”

He added that the local Special Olympics offers a variety of sports including swimming, bowling ball, and basketball. Additional information about our local Special Olympics can be found online at

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