More than 200 take part in games made possible by the Amazin’ Mets Foundation
PORT SAINT LUCIE ― Special Olympics Florida athletes, Unified teams and volunteers came together today at Clover Park – home of the Saint Lucie Mets – for the 2021 South Florida Regional Softball Games. The event was made possible by a $50,000 donation from the New York Mets’ philanthropic organization, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation.
“Having the opportunity to play at such an incredible venue is really a dream come true for our athletes and Unified partners,” said Sherry Wheelock, Special Olympics Florida President and CEO. “The Mets are tremendous partners, and their support enables us to grow our softball programs in South Florida and hold first-class competitions like this. We are so grateful to the entire Mets organization.”
The South Florida Regional Softball Games gave athletes a chance to play on the same field where the New York Mets work out during spring training. The competition featured 10 teams and included a separate skills challenge for 25 individual athletes.
Two teams that competed, the City of Miami Magic and the Treasure Coast Martin Ruff Riders, have also earned a bid to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando.
Special Olympics Florida provides sports training, health screenings, and leadership opportunities to nearly 60,000 people with intellectual disabilities across the state. Its work is made possible by organizations like the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, which provides needed services and opportunities to children, families, and under-served groups in our neighborhoods and communities.
For more information on Special Olympics Florida, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.