Areas

Special Olympics Arkansas serves athletes from all 75 counties in the state. The counties are divided into “areas” which have their own volunteer Area Director who is responsible for the training and competitions for the athletes who live in their area. Without our volunteer Area Directors, Special Olympics Arkansas could not succeed in its mission.

To find out what’s happening in your area click on the

corresponding area number below.

STATE

State Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

March

19 – Bass Tournament; contact Christie Brown (870) 698-2035

April

7 – Basketball Individual Skills, Arkansas School for the Deaf, Sponsored by Downtown Civitan Club (Little Rock). Please contact your AREA DIRECTOR for a registration packet.

16 – Ride the Ridge Poker Run; contact Anita Vandiver (870) 633-6887

May

2 – Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament; contact

Treva Chouinard (479) 927-1327

7 – Dukes Day; contact Shelly Yielding*

16 – Law Enforcement Torch Run begins statewide; contact Shelly Yielding*

19 – Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg; contact Shelly Yielding*

28 – Herbert Thomas Cup Regatta; contact Anita Vandiver (870) 633-6887

June

13 – Arkansas Highway Police Golf Tournament; contact Shelly Yielding*

18 – Greers Ferry Lake Benefit Run; contact Anita Vandiver (870) 633-6887

Area 1

Area 1 serves Fulton, Randolph, Clay, Sharpe, Lawrence, and Greene counties

Director(s):

Vonnie Greer (870) 236-8094

vgreer@gcths.nesc.k12.ar.us

306 GR. 626 Rd.

Paragould, AR 72450

Audra King (870) 573-6895

2536 Hwy. 141 S

Paragould, AR 72450

Area 2

Area 2 serves Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Newton, and Searcy counties

Director(s):

Debbie Renfroe (870) 741-6576

debrenfroe@copper.net

1103 Tamarind

Harrison, AR 72601

Area 2 Pictures

Area 2 Calendar of Events

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1/29/05 � Area Basketball Team and Skills entries due. Mail to Debbie Renfroe

2/11/05 – Area Basketball Tournament, Harrison, AR, Brandon Burlsworth Youth Center/Harrison Jr. High (Date Tentative, awaiting confirmation from Youth Center)

2/26/05 – Volleyball clinic at the Valley Springs High School Gym beginning at 1:00 pm. Please email Debbie Renfroe at debrenfroe@copper.net if you will be attending.

3/5/05 � 11:00 AM, Athletics Coach�s Clinic, Goblin Stadium, Harrison Jr. Hi School, lunch provided. (Time tentative upon Bruce Kelley�s arrival)

3/21/05 � Bocce Entries due. Mail to Debbie Renfroe

3/28/05 � 5:30 PM – Heat Meet Meeting, track and field and bocce entries due, Boone County DHS, conference room, all area track entries must be submitted at this time.

4/12/05 � Area Bocce Tournament, Mountain Home. We will decide at this tournament who qualifies for competition at state. (Tentative date awaiting confirmation from Julie Fienhold.)

4/23/05 � Area Track and Field Tournament, Goblin Stadium, behind Harrison Junior High School. ALL STATE ENTRIES DUE ON THIS DAY (track, Powerlifting, bocce, team entries, housing forms, T-shirt sizes)

Area 3

Area 3 serves Benton, Washington, and Madison counties

Director(s):

Tonja McCone (479) 559-2700

tmccone@madisoncounty.net

tmccone@hhs.nwsc.k12.ar.us

182 Madison 1275

Huntsville, AR 72740

Check out Photo Shop #1 for pictures of Area 3′s Games!

Area 3 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

April

16 – Track and Field, Bocce, Powerlifting at Harmon Field, Fayetteville High School. Contact John Colbert

27 – Golf/Unified Golf. Contact Dean Redford at (479) 571-3673 or dredford@jcpenney.com

May

19-21 – Summer Games at Harding University in Searcy

Area 4

Area 4 serves Crawford, Sebastain, Franklin, and Johnson counties

Director(s):

Janelle Bray (479) 649-8864

JBray@cav.fssc.k12.ar.us
2301 N. ‘B’ St.

Fort Smith, AR 72901

Area 4 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

January

27 – Powerlifting at VB High School at 9:00am

Area 5

Area 5 serves Pulaski and Lonoke counties

Director(s):

Kara Horton (501) 843-1057

soarea5@aol.com

PO Box 5301

North Little Rock, AR 72119

Area 5 Calendar of Events

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January

26 – Aquatics Meet at Lonoke Community Center at 10:00am

February

2 – Floor Hockey Clinic and Tournament at AR School for the Deaf at 10:00am

16 – Coaches Meeting at AR School for the Deaf at 4:30 pm

23 – Basketball Tournament at Cabot High School at 10:00am

March

12 – Unified Basketball Tournament at Lonoke Community Center at 10:00am

23 – Individual Skills at SW Rec LR Parks at 10:00am

April

13 – Area 5 Games at JA Fair High School at 9:30am

Area 6

Area 6 serves Independence, Jackson, White, and Woodruff counties

Director(s):

Sally Paine (501) 268-3498

marylou@mail.cswnet.com

snshnscl@yahoo.com

1500 W. Arch

Searcy, AR 72143

Area 6 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 7

Area 7 serves Craighead, Poinsett, and Cross counties

Director(s):

Susie Bowling (870) 935-9806

Area 7 Calendar of Events

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January

29 – Polar Bear Plunge starting at 1:00pm at Craighead Forest Park

Area 8

Area 8 serves St. Francis, Lee, Monroe, and Phillips counties

Director(s):

Joey Astin

sfadc@ipa.net

PO Box 1857

Forrest City, AR 72335

Area 8 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 9

Area 9 serves Prairie, Grant, Jefferson, Arkansas, and Lincoln counties

Director(s):

Travis Chisom

Dr. Mark Conley

Area 9 Pictures

Area 9 Calendar of Events

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Area 9 Special Olympic State Handball Champions

4-0 in Masters Division

State Games in Searcy held May 21 & 22

From left to right:

Dustin Chisom, Demetrius Davis, Kendrick Burnett, Chris Martin, Kumal Ward, Ronnie Parks, front row Tyler Pirtle, Coach Harold Davis

Area 10

Area 10 serves Montgomery, Garland, Saline, Hot Spring, Pike, and Clark counties

Director(s):

Ann Hudson (501) 778-9316

ahudson@bryant.k12.ar.us (school)

athud@prodigy.net

2444 Lee Circle

Benton, AR 72015

Kay Ekey (501) 767-4894

kay.ekey@lh.dsc.k12.ar.us

110 Palisades Loop

Hot Springs, AR 71913

Area 10 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 11

Area 11 serves Howard, Sevier, Little River, Hempstead, and Miller counties

Director(s):

Sharon Oliver

Area 11 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 12

Area 12 serves Dallas, Cleveland, Calhoun, Bradley, Drew, Desha, Ashley, and Chicot counties

Director(s):

Julie Callison (870) 226-7198

callison@seark.net

1406 W. Pine

Warren, AR 71671

Elaine Tipton (870) 538-3101

608 South Pecan

Dermott, AR 71638

Area 12 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 13

Area 13 serves Mississippi county

Director(s):

Tricia Lewis (870) 763-8647

slewisfamily@sbcglobal.net

tlewis@gosnell.crsc.k12.ar.us

120 Chesterfield

Blytheville, AR 72315

Janet Mason (870) 561-3795

jmason@gosnell.crsc.k12.ar.us

Gosnell Elementary

604 Leah Lane

Manilla, AR 72442

Area 13 Calendar of Events

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April

9 – Area Track and Field Games at Gosnell High School Track and Field starting at 9:00am

Area 14

Area 14 serves Logan, Yell, Scott, and Polk counties

Director(s):

Jeff Dyer (479) 675-2604

jdyer@bps.wsc.k12.ar.us

327 West 5th

Booneville, AR 72927

Area 14 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 15

Area 15 serves Nevada, Ouachita, Lafayette, Columbia, and Union counties

Director(s):

Sara Carrington

saracarrington@sbcglobal.net

Johnnie Ware

johnniew@sbcglobal.net

PO Box 595

Magnolia, AR 71753

Area 15 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

Area 16

Area 16 serves Izard, Stone, and Cleburne counties

Director(s):

Diane Wentz (870) 793-2151

diwentz@yahoo.com

160 Crestview

Batesville, AR 72501

Brenden Bishop (870) 698-0891

bishop1@indco.net

430 Grey Fox Lane

Batesville, AR 72501

Area 16 Pictures

Area 16 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

February

8 – Basketball Individual Skills Competition at Lyon College, Batesville from 9:30-11:30am

26 – 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at JFK Park in Batesville starting at 1:00pm

March

14 – Coaches Meeting at 5:00pm at the SO Office, Regions Bank, Batesville

26 – Bass Fishing Tournament on the White River, Batesville. Contact Brenden Bishop at (870) 698-0800.

31 – Time Trials for Area Games from 9-11am at Southside High School, Batesville

April

15 – Area 16 Games at Southside High School, Batesville

10:00am school age athletes

3:00pm adult athletes

22 – Aquatics Time Trials at 10am at Lyon College, Batesville

22 – Powerlifting Competition at 10am at Batesville High School Fieldhouse, Batesville

Area 17

Area 17 serves Pope, Van Buren, Conway, Faulkner, and Perry counties

Director(s):

Kyle and Darla Jones (479) 968-3520

kdjones@cswnet.com

1073 Maple Springs Road

Russellville, AR 72802

Area 17 Pictures

Check out Photo Shop #2 for pictures of Area 17′s Games!

Area 17 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

February

10-12 – Winter Games at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale

26 – Area Basketball at Vilonia High School. Entries are due by Feb. 24. Contact Keith Covington

March

18-19 – State Basketball in Russellville. Contact Kyle or Darla Jones

April

2 – Bocce/Cycling at CHDC. Entries are due by March 28. Contact Alesia Holbrook

16 – Area Track and Field Games at Conway High School starting at 9:00am. Contact Kyle or Darla Jones, or Alesia Holbrook.

May

19-21 – State Summer Games in Searcy

June

24-25 – Unified Sports Festival in Bryant

July

Sports Camps

Area 18

Area 18 serves Crittenden county

Director(s):

Debbie Moore (901) 385-2798

debmoore@midsouth.rr.com

4716 Craigmont Dr.

Memphis, TN 38128

Area 18 Calendar of Events

(please check back for additions and for changes in dates or times)

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