The second annual Special Olympics Benefit Tournament is coming to White Sulphur Springs on Jan. 14 beginning at 11 a.m. The event will take place at The Schoolhouse Hotel. According to the official Facebook event, the money raised goes to benefit the Special Olympics.
According to the Special Olympics West Virginia Fact Sheet, their mission states: “To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
The 2021 West Virginia Special Olympics census showed 1,331 registered Athletes and Unified Partners, 204 coaches and eight games. The organization hosts 32 official sports. This list includes alpine skiing, bocce, aquatics, basketball, bowling, cycling, badminton, cricket, cross country skiing, athletics, equestrian, floorball, floor hockey, judo, golf, table tennis, football, figure skating, gymnastics, handball, kayaking, motor activity, netball, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, tennis, snowshoeing, triathlon, softball, short track speed skating and volleyball.
Based on the information provided by the event, there will be a $5 knockout round, a BYOP, a Blind Draw with the Special Olympics kids, and, if there is time, another blind draw. Trophies will be awarded; there will be a 50/50 and “other raffles.”
For more information, go to the Special Olympics benefit tournament Facebook event. The location, The Schoolhouse Hotel, is located at 125 Schoolhouse Way, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986.