Early Intervention Specialist’s Work Carries Into Volunteerism With Special Olympics
Andrea Fogt’s passion for children is evident. Not only is she an early intervention specialist with Hilliard City Schools, but she also serves as the local coordinator of the Hilliard Special Olympics Bobcats for Ohio’s South Central Region.
Through her role, she is responsible for the organization’s year-round programming. This includes coordinating and scheduling practices and games for their 12 sports and over 150 athletes ranging in age from 8-61, fundraising, and planning special events like trips to Cedar Point, dances, the annual softball game vs. the Hilliard Division of Police and Norwich Township Fire Department, and Bobcat Boogie 5K slated for Nov. 6 at Hilliard Municipal Park.
She was first introduced to the Special Olympics in college when she was invited to help out at a basketball practice. She was hooked from the second she met the athletes. That was nearly 30 years ago, and she’s still going strong.
“The athletes give us way more than we give them. They have a way of lighting up your whole day,” she said.
Fogt is grateful that she’s part of an organization that gives those with intellectual disabilities opportunities to compete in sports, gain life skills that help them live independently, gain employment, and become functioning members of society.
The lessons she learns from the athletes positively impact her work with Hilliard Schools as well.
She said, “Seeing our adult athletes helps me know where my students need to be by the time they graduate. Similarly, my work with Hilliard Schools helps me make connections with potential athletes.”
They are always looking for volunteers and participants. To learn more, contact Fogt at firstname.lastname@example.org.