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€100,000 for Irish Special Olympians

April 25, 2017 BY Justin LoFranco
€100,000 for Irish Special Olympians
Photo Credit: Irish Times

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

So Ireland’s largest competition — The Filthy 150 — which hosted more than 1100 competitors last year, has decided they’re going full on non-profit this year and donating 100% of the proceeds to help send an Irish Weightlifting team to the Special Olympics.

WHERE’D THE IDEA COME FROM?

A member of the Organizing Committee has a daughter with Down syndrome and every year he organizes an event to help children like his daughter. In 2015, they threw “Lifting for Lucy” and raised €50,000 to build a therapy room for Down syndrome kids and teachers.

With the success of that single event, they decided to go big and bring the entire community together to raise €100,000.

SO WHY A WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM?

Over the past few months, members of The Filthy 150 team have been spending time with these amazing Irish Special Olympics athletes. The one problem is that there are no funds to support their team, so in stepped Filthy 150 to make this thing a reality.

The €100K will help pay to set up a team and training program in order to be approved to compete and enter the Games. But perhaps the biggest accomplishment won’t be getting that first weightlifting team to the Special Olympics, but rather the beginning of a new official sport for these Irish athletes.