Special Olympics of Carbon County honored co-managers who helped reform the organization in Carbon County four years ago.
Presented plaques for their past four years of service as co-managers during their regular monthly meeting held Monday in the Commissioner's chambers were Carbon County Commissioners Charles Getz and William O'Gurek. Dick Nothstein, temporary manager, thanked both Getz and O'Gurek for their past service and presented each man a plaque.
Four years ago, Carbon County was the only county in Pennsylvania without a Special Olympics chapter after the previous organization had folded several years before.
Since the reformation, the newly formed organization has grown and thrived with the help of the two Commissioners and a group of dedicated volunteers.
Nothstein praised the Commissioners for all they have done to build Special Olympics into the organization it is today. Special Olympics is based on the belief that through sports training and competition, people with intellectual disabilities benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; families are strengthened; and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding people with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect, and acceptance.
Special Olympics provides year-round athletic training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and provides them with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Special Olympics of Carbon County offers bowling, floor hockey, and track and field.
Getz thanked the group for the award and said that he felt the award was deserved by the volunteers who worked hard to make Special Olympics a success. He said that he will continue to host the horse show and vowed that this year' event will even be more successful than in the past.
O'Gurek was also humble when he accepted the plaque. He said that the plaque will be placed on the wall in his office and he will always treasure it close to him because it represents the good friendships he made while part of Special Olympics. O'Gurek said that he will continue to help when time permits because he believes in the organization.