A large contingent of athletes will represent Rainbow of Challenges in the annual Special Olympics area competition on Saturday, April 19. More than 100 individuals from Rainbow Enterprises, Rainbow Industries, and Rainbow Junction will compete with other area Special Olympics athletes at the Hope High track field with events beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. In 1968, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation created Special Olympics and it has since become the world’s largest program of athletic competition for children and adults with disabilities. Arkansas held its first Summer Games in 1970 attracting 283 athletes competing in a variety of track and field events. It has now grown to a program for athletes wanting to train and compete in athletics, aquatics, softball, volleyball, unified football, power lifting, bocce and cycling. Other Special Olympics Arkansas sports include basketball, bowling, ice speed and figure skating, floor hockey and gymnastics. Participation in this event would not be possible without the dedicated ROC staff and numerous volunteers from the area that will accompany the athletes, ensuring safe and memorable games. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. administers a wide array of services for persons who have developmental disabilities in Southwest Arkansas. Emphasis is placed on services that help each person achieve the highest degree of personal independence. Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. is committed to implementing a safer, healthier, happier, and more independent lifestyle for individuals having special needs. For more information, please contact Rainbow of Challenges at 870-777-4501.