February 2, 2015

North Canton Jaycees/Stark DD Special Olympics

The North Canton Jaycees/Stark County DD Special Olympics Invitational track meet will take place on Saturday, May 27 at North Canton Memorial Stadium. This year’s event will feature about 150 athletes with physical or mental disabilities from six counties. The North Canton Jaycees have been hosting this track-and-field event since 1969.

Please check back for updated information about the day’s schedule and events. For questions, contact program chair Mike Sturdivant at mikesturdi@gmail.com.

Join us as a volunteer. Members of the public who are interested in volunteering are invited to join us. Volunteers should be available starting at 8 a.m. through the entire event (until about 2:30 p.m.). However, if you’re not available all day, let Mike know your availability at the email address above. Volunteers can sign up at this link. Contact Mike with any questions.

The mission of The North Canton Jaycees/Stark DD Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sporting events for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.  The Invitational provides them with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing their gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other athletes and the community.

Children and adults with mental or developmental disabilities who participate in athletic invitationals develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, and a more positive self-image. The athletes grow mentally, socially and spiritually.  Through their activities, they exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship, and ultimately discover not only new abilities and talents but “their voices” as well.