ISHPI becomes Special Olympics SC Statewide Partner
ISHPI’s founder, Noah Leask, had a vision for ISHPI to make a difference by supporting vital community service programs, charitable organizations at the local, state, and national levels. ISHPI continues to serve the community by becoming a statewide partner of Special Olympics South Carolina (SOSC). ISHPI joins the ranks of companies like BMW, Michelin, Wal-Mart, CVS, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield in their vital sponsorship support for SOSC. This sponsorship provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons three years of age and older with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Competition opportunities start at age eight for SOSC athletes. The vision of Special Olympics South Carolina is to be the leader in lifelong and unified sports programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities, empowering athletes to be valued members of their community and respected members of society.
Barry Coats, CEO of SOSC, said, “I am excited to announce our newest Statewide Partner commitment from SOSC parent, coach, donor and board member Noah Leask. I am honored and humbled by the generosity and investment that Noah has made in SOSC.” Noah Leask has served on the Board of Directors for three years and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Officer in the position of Treasurer. He said, “We are very excited to formally partner with Special Olympics SC. Special Olympics and Special Olympics SC are great organizations helping so many people. We will help them in any way we can.”
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. These must be adapted only as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitations.
The Special Olympics organization believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of an individual’s sports skills. In addition, competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress, and providing incentives for personal growth.