The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 265 raised over $3,000 to support Special Olympics in Lincoln at its annual charity golf tournament. The funds were used to purchase sports equipment for the Lincoln Shooting Stars, a Special Olympics team sponsored by Lincoln Parks and Recreation's Easterday Recreation Center.
The Lincoln Shooting Stars compete in basketball, bocce, bowling, flag football, golf, roller skating, soccer, swimming, track and field, volleyball and other sports. Team practices are led by experienced coaches and volunteers who prepare the athletes to participate in local, regional and state competitions.
Easterday Rec Center, 6130 Adams Street, focuses primarily on programming for children and adults with intellectual, mental and physical disabilities. The donation will provide golf clubs, basketballs, practice jerseys, soccer balls, shin guards, volleyballs, flag football gloves, specialized training basketballs, measuring tapes, golf balls and tees.
"We are honored to be the recipient of this generous donation from the IBEW," said Kerry Zingg, Director of Easterday Rec Center. "All our sports benefitted from this new equipment, and we appreciate the support we've received. The donation is a big asset for our growing team."
One of the related programs offered at Easterday is the Young Athletes Program, a Special Olympics prep/innovative sports play program for children ages two to seven with intellectual disabilities. It teaches the foundational sports skills needed to participate in Special Olympics at age eight, including throwing, kicking, catching and running. "This program is held in a supportive, caring environment with trained and experienced staff, kind volunteers and community specialists," Zingg said. "Participants are encouraged to set goals and participate in a broad spectrum of programs."
More information about the Special Olympics team and other programs designed for individuals with special needs is available by calling Zingg at 402-441-7877.