Lions Club donates to Special Olympics

Published 6:29 pm Friday, May 2, 2014

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Miss Peach Kelcie Knowles (fourth from left) presents a $500 donation check from the Clanton Lions Club to Kim McKinney (third from left) for Chilton County Special Olympics. Also pictured are (left to right) Lions Club member Tommy Patterson, Special Education Bookkeeper Mandy Lowery, Junior Miss Peach Anna Calhoun, Lions Club President Tyson Elrod and Treasurer Britt Culpepper.

The Clanton Lions Club presented a $500 donation check to Chilton County Special Olympics on Thursday at the Chilton County Board of Education.

Chilton County Special Olympics is in its 33rd year of existence and allows local students in preschool through 12th grade to compete in various events, including softball throw, soccer, running long jump, standing long jump and wheelchair race.

This year’s Special Olympics will take place May 8 at Clanton City Park at 9:30 a.m.

Kim McKinney, one of the event organizers, said students view Special Olympics as “a fun day that they look forward to every year.”

“They can’t wait,” she said. “They get so excited every year.”

McKinney said the donation from the Clanton Lions Club could be used to pay for inflatables, athletes’ T-shirts and supplies for the event.

The donation is an annual budgeted item for the club.

For more on the 2014 Chilton County Special Olympics, visit and see editions of the newspaper this week.