Special Olympics Virginia Receives $25,000 Walmart Grant

Special Olympics Virginia is the proud recipient of a $25,000 Walmart Foundation State Giving Program Grant for work in providing Real Sports opportunities and Nutrition Education to Special Olympics athletes across the state of Virginia.

“Walmart is extremely pleased to support the work of the Special Olympics in Virginia,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart. “The Walmart Foundation’s grant will help the Special Olympics further develop programs involving nutrition education and athletic training, which will lead to healthier lives for the participants.”

The Fall Sports season recently culminated with championship level competition for a delegation of more than 2,000 in Virginia Beach. New in 2013, participating Special Olympics athletes were able to undergo TRAIN assessments at the soccer competition venue. TRAIN (Testing Recreational Activities and Improving Nutrition) is an assessment program developed to test Special Olympics athletes' sports skills in specific areas. The purpose of the assessment is to provide each athlete the knowledge of his or her own strengths in specific skill areas, certain skill areas that could be improved, and recognition of other Special Olympic sports that he or she may excel in based on the athlete's strengths and recommendations.