Kelsi Bollinger, 14, Fulton County Schools, makes her toss with a smile in the softball throw during the Georgia Special Olympics State Games. CURTIS COMPTON/AJC FILE

Cherokee County schools renew Special Olympics pact

The Cherokee County School Board has renewed its agreement with Special Olympics to have the organization continue to serve more than 300 students with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics agreed to provide extra-curricular athletic and inclusive sports opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities and cognitive delays. It will continue to pay registration fees and for lodging and meals for registered athletes; and provide them with opportunities to earn high school varsity letters, among other tasks.

The Cherokee schools will provide buses for transportation to selected weekend events, coordinate special needs testing with Special Olympics organizers, and provide school facilities such as playfields and gyms as available for selected weekday and evening practices, among other commitments.

The district also would provide authorized leave for two county personnel for the Georgia Special Olympics State Games – the Fall Games, Indoor Winter Games, State Summer Games and Bowling Tournament – and Special Olympics Georgia certification training.

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