Special Olympics officials calling on Medical Community for help

The Floyd County Special Olympics has an opportunity to raise some extra funds for the non-profit geared toward helping people with special needs, and organizers are calling on the medical community to help make it happen.

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In order to maintain state accreditation, the Floyd County Special Olympics must do medical physicals on their athletes every three years, and as a program incentive, the Georgia Special Olympics is giving each community organization $20 per each Special Olympics participant who has a physical done.

img_0621“We have an opportunity to raise money for our special needs programs through this incentive,” said Tammy Bryant, local Special Olympics organizer and Special Populations Coordinator at Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation. “We have to have these physicals for our kids and special needs adults completed and in to the state office by the end of February, so we’re on a deadline to find medical personnel to help us.”

According to the Georgia Special Olympics athlete registration form, the physicals can be completed by a licensed medical doctor, physician’s assistant, registered nurse practitioner or a doctor of osteopathic medicine.

img_0626“It can be difficult for our kids to get physicals because existing medical issues that come with having special needs, but we want to reach out to the Floyd County medical community for assistance,” Bryant said. “This is a great opportunity for our kids, special needs adults and the Floyd County Special Olympic program.”

Any doctor or nurse interested in teaming up with the Floyd County Special Olympics and assisting in completing the physicals can contact Bryant directly at 706.252.6427.

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