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UT Martin faculty member named new Special Olympics Area 7 director

Dr. Clinton Smith (Source: UT Martin) Dr. Clinton Smith (Source: UT Martin)

A University of Tennessee at Martin faculty member is the new director of Area 7 Special Olympics Tennessee. Dr. Clinton Smith, assistant professor with the Department of Educational Studies, will lead the region.

Region 7 includes Lake, Obion, Weakley and Henry counties.

According to a news release, Smith's goals are to increase local collaboration with schools and businesses to support Special Olympics, and to increase the number of sports.

"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,” Smith said.

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 increase 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.

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