Auburn, Ala. - Lee County Special Olympics received special recognition at the 30th Annual Special Olympics Alabama awards luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Troy University Montgomery. The luncheon recognizes individuals, events, and organizations who support Special Olympics Alabama throughout the year. Lee County Special Olympics supporters recognized at the luncheon include:
Auburn Parks and Recreation
Auburn Parks and Recreation received the 2013 Outstanding Program Award for the department's continuous support and advocacy of the Lee County program. The awards committee cited the program's quality, year-round training for athletes as one of its strengths. Weekly practices are held year-round for athletes competing in basketball, bowling, flag football, swimming, track & field, and volleyball.
Dana Stewart • Special Programs Coordinator, Auburn Parks and Recreation
Dana Stewart, Special Programs Coordinator for Auburn Parks and Recreation and Lee County Special Olympics Co-Director, received the 2013 Outstanding Coach-Professional Award for her dedication and commitment to the athletes of Lee County. Currently, Stewart coaches athletes in basketball, bowling, flag football, track & field, and volleyball.
Lt. Kenneth Frazier • Auburn Police Division
Lt. Kenneth Frazier, representing the Auburn Police Division, was recognized as one of several law enforcement officers from Alabama with the Chairman's Appreciation Award for the Law Enforcement Torch Run. The Torch Run is an annual event sponsored by law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama. Volunteers from the agencies run the Special Olympics torch across the state to the State Games at Troy University in May each year.
Pictured (L - R): Dana Stewart, Special Programs Coordinator, Auburn Parks and Recreation; Lt. Kenneth Frazier, Auburn Police Division; and Alison Hall, Community and Special Programs Director, Auburn Parks and Recreation
Lee County Special Olympics competes in basketball, bowling, flag football, golf, powerlifting, gymnastics, swimming, track & field, and volleyball. Lee County athletes will defend their gold medal title at the State Volleyball Tournament in Tuscaloosa on Friday, Dec. 6. Other regional qualifying competitions include the Aquatics Sectional Meet on March 7, 2014; State Basketball Tournament March 13 & 14, 2014; Lee County Bowling Tournament March 13 & 14, 2014; and the Lee County Track & Field Games April 3, 2014. Athletes qualifying at regional competitions will go on to compete at the 2014 State of Alabama Special Olympics Games May 16 - 18, 2014 at Troy University.
For more information on Special Olympics, please contact Alison Hall or Dana Stewart, Lee County Special Olympics Co-Directors, at 334-501-2930 or visit www.auburnalabama.org/specialolympics.