Special Olympics Florida Hosts Open Water Swimming Event

Special Olympics Florida pic
Special Olympics Florida
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Dr. William B. Clark is a head, nose, and throat surgeon based in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. William B. Clark supports several charities, including the Special Olympics.

Recently, the Florida chapter of the Special Olympics hosted the first open water swimming clinic and competition in Miami. Open water swimming competitions happen in lakes, rivers, or the ocean where natural currents and deep water are added challenges for athletes. The sport debuted at the Athens, Greece Special Olympics World Summer Games in 2011 as a demonstration sport.

The clinic will give athletes an opportunity to familiarize themselves with open water swimming and learn the best techniques for training. The competition, held the following day, will include 800 meter, one mile, 5 and ten kilometer events and an awards ceremony will be held afterward.

The event is made possible with the collaboration of Swim Miami, which is an annual open water swimming event hosted by the H2O Foundation, an organization that aims to prevent drowning accidents and promote water safety in South Florida.


Florida’s Special Olympics Chapter Sends Two Athletes to Capitol Hill

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark owns ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Dedicated to helping others, Dr. William B. Clark supports the Special Olympics.

Established almost 50 years ago, the Special Olympics held its first event in 1968 in Chicago. The organization’s mission is to offer year-round sports training to children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Not only does it provide participants with physical fitness, but it also offers friendship opportunities for athletes and their families. In 2014, the organization announced the event has reached 4.4 million athletes at more than 80,000 annual events and competitions.

On March 18, 2015, the Special Olympics’ 12th annual Capitol Hill Day had leaders, Special Olympics athletes, and family members from 39 states gather in Washington, D.C. Two athletes from Florida, David Mallis and Stacy Barnes, met with 12 of Florida’s congressional leaders to advocate for the Special Olympics. They discussed improving school environments so that children with disabilities would not be bullied.