On Thursday, May 9, more than 90 people from across the state rappelled 17 stories, 222 feet, down the 300 Delaware Avenue building in Wilmington. Each participant was required to raise a minimum of $1,100 in order to participate. Local teacher Laurie Moorman and and administrator Bobby Kilgors joined fellow “Edgres”in support of families across the state of Delaware.
Moorman has been involved with Special Olympics for almost 17 years. She has been the program director of Banneker Elementary School’s Special Olympics Program and for the past 3 years coordinated and ran the Special Olympics Community Young Athlete Program with Michele Davis and Danielle Brumbley.
“SODE is important for our community,” said Moorman. “Special Olympics allow for students with disabilities to participate in sports they may not regularly have the opportunity to participate in. It provided our families with programs for their children with disabilities of all ages.”
Moorman states that she “was extremely nervous, but also very excited” going Over the Edge. “ I knew our Banneker family was watching from school. Once I got started, I really enjoyed the experience. I would absolutely do it again,” she said.
The mission and vision of Special Olympics is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for those with intellectual disabilities. The organization has sharpened the focus on its mission as one that is critical for children and adults with such disabilities as well as a catalyst for social change. There are 19 different sports for athletes, ranging from bowling to powerlifting to skiing. Competitions are held at the school, area, state, national and even world level. All sports are similar to those held during the Olympic games with medals awarded in a similar fashion as well.
In its eight-year history of the Over the Edge event, more than one million dollars has been raised for Special Olympics Delaware. “This is one of those unique events we do that has just seemed to capture the interest of our community,” said Ann Grunert, executive director of Special Olympics Delaware. “While we know the thrill is part of the attraction, we are also told by many that their inspiration to take on such a daring feat comes from our athletes themselves, who inspire us every single day.”