Gwinnett County Special Olympics Home Page
Special Olympics was Created by The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Foundation
Authorized and Accredited by Special Olympics, Inc., for the Benefit of Mentally Retarded Citizens

Note that the Masters (Age 22+) Special Olympics Program is now a separate agency within Gwinnett County.  We have an active adult oriented program a well as the school age program described below.  Click on the following link to go directly to their web site:  www.GMSTga.org

School Focused Program

This web site provides important information to assist our friends and supporters in contacting our coaches and the members of our advisory board.  CLICK here to see information regarding our advisory board and the Gwinnett County Special Olympics Program.

The links below provide pictures of our athletes and Special Olympic competitions for friends and family to enjoy.  If you have any feedback on this web site or have contributions to make to provide more information, please send email to rrausch@bobrausch.com.

In order to participate, all athletes must have a completed medical form on file; click on this link to download the Special Olympics medical form in pdf format:  Click here

The Calendar for the balance of the school year can be downloaded here 

Contacts and schedule for after school events Click Here

Instructions:  to download these forms, right mouse click on the link and select "save target as" and then fill in the information requested to store the forms on your local computer.  You will also need adobe acrobat reader which is available for free at   Get Adobe Reader


Gwinnett County Special Olympics Pictures

This web site contains lots of pictures from the various events featuring the Gwinnett County Special Olympians.  Click on the links in the table entries to see the pictures.  Note that the pictures shown on the web site are low resolution.  If you want the high resolution version (2048x1536 @ ~1.4 MB per picture) send me an email with the picture number and I will email it to you.  Many of these pictures are also available on the Walgreens photo site.  If you have any questions please email the webmaster at: rrausch@bobrausch.com

table    of    Pictures
Winter Games 2009 Click Here
   
If you want to see pictures from the Special Pops tennis program click on the link to the right 

Click here to go to the tennis web pages 

   

Latest Change: 9/3/2009

2006 Gwinnett County Special Olympics Equestrian Team


About Our Program

Gwinnett County Special Olympics is a nonprofit program of sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation in Gwinnett County. The Special Olympics program was founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and  provides year-round training and athletic competition for more than one million athletes in nearly 150 countries and all 50 states in the United States.

Gwinnett County Special Olympics  is the agency that operates the Special Olympics program in Gwinnett County .  Our program supports more than 2,000 athletes of all ages including in-school children as well as a large number of adults with disabilities.  We also have programs that include unified sports activities with non disabled participants.  Our program provides uniforms, transportation, sports facilities and equipment for these athletes.  We also run competitions such as track and field meets and  training sessions for a wide variety of sports including softball, swimming, golf, tennis, track & field, weight lifting, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, bowling, ice skating, roller skating, floor hockey, plus developmental sports for those with severe disabilities.  We rely solely on  financial support and volunteers from our local community to operate this program.

Many people confuse our local Special Olympics program in Gwinnett County with the State-wide program of Special Olympics Georgia and the national program, Special Olympics International.  While we are affiliated with these programs, we are the self-supporting local agency that provides Special Olympics activities for the athletes who live in Gwinnett County.  We must raise the funds for this program; contributions to the state and national programs support the higher level activities that only a very few of our athletes can attend.  The majority of the athletes who participate do so on the local level and it is our responsibility to fund and manage those opportunities as well as provide the registration fees for those athletes who participate at the higher level competitions.   Our local committee is made up of volunteers including teachers, parents, and community leaders and 100% of any money raised is spent on Gwinnett County athletes.

If you would like to help us in any way or if you need information or if you know someone who would benefit by participating in our program, please contact any of the people shown below.  To support our program, please send your tax deductible donations to:
               Gwinnett County Special Olympics
                Oakland Meadows School, 
               590 Old Snellville Highway, 
                Lawrenceville, GA 30045 


Contact Us              

Coordinator:  Lynnette Swanson lynnette_swanson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
                       You can reach Lynnette at : 678-226-7700

Treasurer:          Becky Kidwell         becky_kidwell@gwinnett.k12.ga.us

Co- Chairman:   Carrie Welden          carriewel@aol.com
                           Kathy Straughan   


Sports Supported

Call to arrange participation

Gary Bonds, contact gbondssr@aol.com Phone: 770.822.4080

Volleyball (Juniors)

Contact: Lynnette Swanson   email:  Lynnette_Swanson@Gwinnett.k12.ga.us 


Schedule of Events

Management Team
The Gwinnett County Special Olympics Management Team meets once a month.  We are always looking for new members who are willing to volunteer their time and talents to this program.  If you would like to join us, please contact our coordinator or chairman (see contacts).

 


Coaching

If you would like to help our program by coaching, contact our coordinator or one of the people listed for the specific sport of interest.  Special Olympics Georgia conducts coaches clinics to help you learn how to coach our athletes.   If you want to attend one of the clinics, there is a nominal registration fee.  Contact Special Olympics Georgia at 770-414-9390 for more information.  Visit the Special Olympics Georgia web site for updated schedules and application forms.

Treasurer's Notes

Please help our program.  We depend upon contributions to meet the needs of our program.  We are a 501C3 Charity so your contributions should be tax deductible.  For information about making a donation to our program, send inquiries or funds to:
Gwinnett County Special Olympics
Attention Treasurer: Becky Kidwell
c/o Oakland Meadow School
590 Old Snellville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Email Address:

 becky_kidwell@gwinnett.k12.ga.us  

Make checks payable to Gwinnett County Special Olympics