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Lucas County Special Olympics

Flag Football Sandusky
Lucas County Flag Football Team at the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the Special Olympics Ohio State Flag Football Championships.

What is Special Olympics?

Special Olympics offers year-round sports and athletic competition for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Athletes may participate in local competitions to earn chances to compete at regional, state and national levels. Athletes train and practice for competition based on different skill levels.

It’s a chance for personal growth and inclusion through healthy community activities.

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Available Sports

Currently, Lucas County offers sports at no cost to the athletes (except for alpine skiing, golf and bowling). In addition, we offer golf and bowling as unified sports. (Individuals with and without disabilities participate together.)

  • Alpine skiing
  • Aquatics (swimming)
  • Basketball
  • Bocce
  • Cheer
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Dvision 2 Basketball

Division 4 Basketball

Division 5 Basketball

Amber

Division 5 Basketball

Andrae
Lightning 4th at State Flag Football Championships

Lightning 4th at State Flag Football Championships

On November 12th, two  Lucas County Lightning flag football teams traveled to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH to compete against other teams from across the state in the Special Olympics Ohio State Flag Football Championships. It was a bitter cold day but the Lightning braved the elements to finish 4th in both of their respective divisions.

Lightning Football 4th

Unified Flag Football Championships

Unified Flag Football Champions

Lucas County Lightning athletes with University of Toledo students as teammates battled in the Glass Bowl to claim the title of Unified Flag Football Champions. Both teams came out ready to play and but in the end the Gray Team prevailed by a final score of 18-12. A big thank you to the University of Toledo and Pike Fraternity for helping us make this a memorable season. We look forward to many more!!

A Team Playing Basketball

Lightning Leaders

Athlete leadership empowers athletes to develop leadership skills and utilize their voices and abilities to take an active role in planning for the growth and development of Special Olympics. Lucas County Lightning Leaders:

  • Are members of the Athlete Input Council
  • Help plan Lucas County events
  • Volunteer in their communities
  • Mentor and support other athletes
  • Train other athletes in leadership
  • Help with fundraisers
  • Can train to be coaches
  • Talk to community groups about Special Olympics
  • Announce and present awards at events

If you are a Special Olympics athlete and would like to become a Lightning Leader, please contact Eric Bostelman at 419-380-4022 or ebostelman@lucasdd.org.

State Flag Football Championships
Lucas County athletes along with University of Toledo students battled in the Glass Bowl to claim the title of Unified Flag Football Champions.

Donations

As a nonprofit agency, Lucas County Special Olympics relies on donations and fundraisers to provide individual and team sports at no cost to the athletes. All donations directly benefit the athletes by paying for things like registration fees, uniforms, equipment, travel and lodging.

Donations can be sent to:

Lucas County Special Olympics
c/o Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1154 Larc Lane
Toledo, OH 43614

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