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Registration open for 2018 Extraordinary Olympic Challenge

Times-Tribune - 7/20/2018

July 20--LONDON -- Registration for the sixth annual Extraordinary Olympic Challenge has begun and the deadline to register is quickly approaching.

The event began in 2013 as way to showcase the many talents of disabled individuals in the area.

"It's very similar to the Special Olympics but we started the Extraordinary Olympic Challenge so we could reach out to the local community," said Dewayne Decker, event organizer with Health Directions, Inc.

The Extraordinary Olympic Challenge is sponsored by Professional Home Health Care Agency, Inc. and is sponsored in part by several other local businesses and organizations throughout the community who have made donations to help put the event on each year.

Decker said it is because of the donations made to the Extraordinary Olympic Challenge by local businesses and community members that they are able to continue the event.

The Extraordinary Olympic Challenge allows disabled individuals of all ages to participate in different competitions, such as 50 and 100 meter races and walks, softball and tennis ball throws, wheelchair races, cornhole, basketball shots, a soccer obstacle challenge, developmental games and competitive card games.

Each competition is structured toward the specific needs and abilities of the competitors.

Athletes can choose up to three events to compete in, where Decker said athletes will compete with others who are on the same level as them mentally and physically.

Decker said that there are typically between 150 to 200 athletes participating in the competitions from all over the Tri-County.

Athletes can bring along their parent, friend or other relative along with them to be their caregiver for the day. If an athlete does not have a caregiver, Decker said a volunteer will be placed with them for the day of the event.

The Extraordinary Olympic Challenge gives disabled members of the community an opportunity to engage in a little friendly competition.

"It's all about the athlete that day," said Decker.

The athletes will compete for medals, which will be awarded to the top three finishers in each of the competitions. Although, each athlete will go home with some sort of award or medal for participating in the challenge.

Decker said there will also be vendors set up with free information and items to give to the athletes, as well as free concessions for all the athletes, caregivers and volunteers.

This year's Extraordinary Olympic Challenge will be held on September 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God, which is located at 390 Faith Assembly Church Road in London.

Decker said the event is completely free and there are several ways to register for the event.

It is urged that all athletes and volunteers register for the event beforehand, which will guarantee that you receive a free T-shirt. The registration deadline is August 20.

To register, visit the Extraordinary Olympic Challenge Facebook page, where Decker said there is a link to the online registration form.

You can also register by picking up a registration form from Professional Home Health Care's office in London, which can be returned to the office or sent in via fax. The fax number is 606-877-3240.

Athletes and volunteers may also register on the day of the event but there is no guarantee that they will receive a T-shirt.

For more information, contact Decker at 606-877-1135 or email at ddecker@healthdirectionsinc.com.

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