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Marijuana activists in Nacogdoches volunteer at Special Olympics

Nacogdoches NORML

The newest non-profit marijuana law reform group in Texas spent their Saturday volunteering at the Special Olympics.

Eight members from Nacogdoches NORML helped work the recent Special Olympics basketball competitions. Their deputy director Catherine Marie helped coordinate an event while the rest helped get the athletes’ lunches ready.

“The man in charge of directing volunteers was very grateful for us being there,” stated Jared Cates, who is the executive director of the group. “Several of the athletes made friends with our group while we were there. All in all it was a very rewarding experience and we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to help!”

Volunteers are a core part of any organization, and Special Olympics Texas stated as much:

Without our volunteers, there would be no Special Olympics Texas events.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Our volunteers do it all: cheering on the athletes, working as lines people at volleyball, helping keep the bowlers organized, spotting for the powerlifters, keeping tabs on the athletes as they travel. They give up their free time and even get their families and sometimes their coworkers involved.

Our volunteers make Special Olympics Texas athletes a priority, and the athletes’ lives are better because of it.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Nacogdoches NORML was invited to and will be volunteering at the spring competitions in April.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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