Our Programs

Special Olympics Greater Memphis offers an array of individualized and team sports year-round throughout the Mid-South.

Programs include:
 

Bellevue Angels


The Bellevue Angels formed in May 1998. Their purpose is to help our athletes excel in each sport, to teach them values they can use in everyday life. The Angels meet at Bellevue Baptist Church Grace Building on Tuesday evenings. 

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Canoeing Club


The Special 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

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Fitness Club


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.

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Golf


The Special Olympics Golf program runs during the months of April through September with practices on Wednesday and league play on Tuesday & Thursday. 

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King Pins Bowling League


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. 

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Lynx Club


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. 

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Power Lifting


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. 

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Road Warriors

 

Road Warriors 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 area.


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Soccer


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.

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Swimming


Special 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.

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Tennis


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! 

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