Angels formed in May 1998. Their purpose is to help our athletes excel in each sport,
them values they can use in everyday life. The Angels meet
at Bellevue Baptist Church Grace Building on Tuesday
Olympic Canoeing Club was founded by Rick
and Cash Shields in 2002. It meets every Monday, from the
first Monday in June until the first Monday in August, at
6:00 pm, at Shelby Farms Patriot Lake
Fitness Club was founded by a group of parents in 1979. They met at Emanuel Methodist Church. At that time, they had about 20 athletes and 10 volunteers. Over the years, Fitness Club grew and moved to Quince Road Church of Christ with 40 athletes and 20 volunteers. In February of 1988, Central Church invited us to use their Family Life Center and we grew to over 200 athletes. In 2001, World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church graciously let us stay at their beautiful Family Life Center and have made us feel at home.
The Special Olympics Golf program runs during the months of
April through September with practices on Wednesday and league
play on Tuesday & Thursday.
The Special Olympics King Pins Bowling league began in
September, 1999. The league was started with 6 athletes and
two volunteers on the first day. Now the league has over 100
athletes and 60 volunteers. Bowling begins in September and
the athletes bowl every Monday until the first week of May
at Cordova Bowling Center.
The Lynx Club is a weekly program that began in spring 2011
and is run by Rhodes College students. The group meets from
September through April. It is usually located at either the
Mallory Gymnasium or Bryan Campus Life Center on the campus
of Rhodes College.
Danny Kingsley, along with Brian Webb, started powerlifting
in September of 1987. At that time powerlifting was just an
exhibition sport. In 1988 it became a sanctioned sport
across the state of Tennessee.
is the Special Olympics long-distance running program.
Col. David Malone teaches athletes proper stretching and
running techniques in preparation for races in the Memphis
Beginning in 2012, the Special Olympics soccer program began
on the campus of Memphis University School. The group now
meets every week either on Thursday and Saturday beginning
in April. Most practices are held at MUS while some are at
Sea Isle Park.
Olympics Greater Memphis offers swimming programs to those that wish to learn how to swim and also to those that wish to swim competitively. Instruction is provided at five different locations around Shelby County: the
Davis YMCA, the Jewish Community Center, the Millington
YMCA, the Nuber YMCA, and St. George's Independent School.
The Special Olympics Tennis Program is held at Colonial
Country Club and consists of two four week clinics during
the months of June and September. Mike Harris, Director of
Tennis & Fitness for Colonial Country Club, runs the Special
Olympics Tennis Program. He encourages any athlete that has
an interest in tennis to come join the program at any time!