Special Olympics Guam and Guam Amateur Baseball Association are proud to announce the second year of the Special Olympics Guam Unified PONY Softball Champions Program.
The softball program will start on Saturday, October 20th with athletes honing their softball skills every Saturday afternoon 4pm to 6pm at Okkodo High School GABA Fields with regular season practices and games, culminating in a Softball Jamboree on Saturday, December 8th which will feature the championship and consolation games.
Guam Amateur Baseball Association is the chartered member for PONY Baseball & Softball on Guam and through its overall mission statement is focused on community outreach and building lasting relationships with other organizations through baseball and softball. This includes ongoing partnerships and programs with other non-profit organizations, Department of Education and Department of Public Health and Social Services.
“Using a baseball or softball to teach positive lifestyle habits is one of our main goals as an organization,” said Bill Bennett, GABA President.
“The first year of the program in 2017 was very successful and we expect to see the number of athletes increase this year. It’s been a great partnership with Special Olympics Guam and our PONY Softball Champions program to help give back to the community,” added Bennett.
Special Olympics focus is on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. Special Olympics Guam runs a different sport each quarter of the year with track and field in the first quarter, swimming in the second quarter, bowling in third quarter and softball is fourth quarter.
The 2018 Special Olympics Guam Unified PONY Softball Champions Program will also be open to unified partners which are friends or family members of athletes who also want to participate.
“The concept for unified sports is all about inclusion and having athletes with and without disabilities playing on the same team, athletes of all ages playing together,” explained Carole Piercy, Special Olympics Coordinator.
Athletes and volunteers can still sign up this week to attend the final pre-season skills jamboree this Saturday 3:30-6pm at Okkodo High School – Triple J Baseball/Softball Complex. To sign up or for more information contact the Special Olympics Guam office at 648-7648 or email Carole Piercy at firstname.lastname@example.org