Special Olympics launch spring season

Sports include softball, T-ball, soccer, track and field, golf and a multi-sport program for youth

The spring sport season for Victoria Special Olympics began this week, offering seven different sport programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Sports include softball, T-ball, soccer, track and field, golf and a multi-sport program for youth aged 7 to 11. New this year is a bocce program.

Special Olympics programs are open to people with intellectual disabilities of all athletic abilities and experience. Athletes must be 7 to 11 years to participate in the youth program and 12 and older for all other sport programs.

Sport practices take place once a week, with additional tournament opportunities available in many sports.

A limited number of spaces are still available in the softball, t-ball and FUNdamentals youth multi-sport programs. Volunteer coaches are still welcome to apply for all sport programs.

Special Olympics is an international athletic program. In Greater Victoria, 215 athletes ranging from 7 to 70 years will participate in Victoria Special Olympics programs during the 2014-15 season.

More than 250 volunteers run 19 different sport programs.

For more information, please go online to victoriaspecialolympics.com.