Columbia, SC (WLTX) - September 2016 is now "Special Olympics South Carolina" month in Columbia.
Mayor Steve Benjamin made the proclamation during Tuesday night’s the council meeting.
The South Carolina Special Olympics has helped more than 4,263 athletes participate in nearly 30 Olympic style events every year.
They have also held their summer games at Fort Jackson for the past 48 years.
The president of the Special Olympics South Carolina was pleased to have his organization honored by the city.
“These guys are training and competing in numerous sports not just one sport during the year,” says Barry Coats. “So it's all about making sure our folks are healthy and not sitting on the couch playing video games, but getting out there and participating like every other child who wants to participate.”
Special Olympics South Carolina’s Project Unify was also recognized in the proclamation, which allows nearly 450 students in Richland County to be able to participate.