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Cheri Bradley named to board of Special Olympics Indiana

June 1, 2010

Indiana State University first lady Cheri Bradley was one of four new members recently elected to the board of Special Olympics Indiana.

Bradley is familiar with Special Olympics and the value it adds to athletes and their families. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a masters in special education and an administrative endorsement in regular and special education. She worked in the public school area for 15 years, working with children in both regular and special education and helping develop programs for at risk students. Her most challenging teaching position was at Rivendell, a therapeutic setting for children with emotional and behavioral problems. Prior to coming to Indiana State, she taught seven years at Fairmont State University, preparing new teachers to enter the field.

Special Olympics Indiana was founded by two Indiana State faculty members -- Tom Songster and Judy Campbell - in 1969 to provide people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete in sports. The organization's Summer Games moved to Indiana State in 1970 and have been an annual event every year since, with the exception of two years. Special Olympics Indiana is a strong part of Indiana State's legacy - not only was it founded by faculty members, longtime host of Summer Games and the Men's State Basketball Tournament, but the organization's offices were located on campus from its founding until 1989 when its offices moved to Indianapolis.

For the past 41 years, Special Olympics Indiana has been providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. From just a few individuals in 1969, the program has grown to 10,000 athletes and 7,000 volunteers statewide.

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu.