Fort St. John proclaims July 21 Global Day of Inclusion

Myron Mayne


Special Olympics is celebrating 50 years of inclusion, and local athletes are bringing awareness to Fort St. John and surrounding communities.

During Monday’s meeting, council proclaimed July 21st the Global Day of Inclusion and to celebrate the occasion the Pomeroy Sports Centre will be lit up in red.

The organization says celebrating inclusion is not only important around the globe but also here in the Peace Region.

“Coming together around athletes and coming around those - letting them know that ‘we support you, we may not see it every day, but we do support you, the city supports you. We are here; we’re embracing you.’ It makes the athletes feel much more included into the communities,” said Shyla Francis with Special Olympics BS – Fort St. John.

Special Olympics BC – Fort St. John has been active for 28 years and is home to 70 special Olympians who participate in various sports such as bowling, swimming, track and field, curling and gymnastics.

The athletes are off for the summer months but will resume events in September.

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