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UT Martin faculty member Clinton Smith named to Special Olympics post


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MARTIN, Tenn. — A University of Tennessee at Martin faculty member is the newly named director of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee. Dr. Clinton Smith, assistant professor, Department of Educational Studies, will lead the region that includes Lake, Obion, Weakley and Henry counties.

Smith’s goals are to increase local collaboration with schools and businesses to support Special Olympics and to increase the number of Special Olympics sports offered in the area.

"Area 7 has a rich history of strong support and leadership, and I’d like to see that build and continue so that we can provide opportunities for involvement for children and adults with disabilities in our communities,” he said.

The mission of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The experience gives participants continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Full participation is granted to every athlete regardless of his or her economic circumstances. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition. Special Olympics also increases the public's awareness of participants’ capabilities and needs.

Smith has been a certified Special Olympics coach in basketball and athletics since 1993 and has also served as a coach and a volunteer in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. He has attended the Special Olympics National Games and served as an assistant coach for athletics in 2006, head basketball coach for Team Tennessee in 2010 and head athletics coach for the 2014 National Games.

Smith’s 2010 team won a gold medal in Division I men’s basketball, and his Unified Basketball teams from Shadowlawn Middle School in Bartlett won four state championships in their division in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.


PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – Dr. Clinton Smith is pictured.


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