Harmony School Student Wins State and National Special Olympics Competitions

Jan 29, 2010, 12:39 ET from Harmony Through Education

17 year-old Dimple, of the Harmony School in Dharamsala, India, wins National 25 meter Special Olympics competition and has the opportunity to compete internationally.

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harmony Through Education (Harmony) is a 501(c)(3) international non-profit organization, specializing in creating schools in rural India for mentally and physically challenged children, was asked to participate in the annual statewide Special Olympics competition, held in Himachal Pradesh. The Harmony School sent four students to compete against other special needs children. One of the students who participated was a 17 year-old female student, Dimple Lal, received a gold medal in the 25 meter dash and a silver medal in the 50 meter competitions. This qualified Dimple to compete in the National Athletics Championship competition in Anatapur, India on January 12, where she was took home the gold metal in the 25 meter dash. Dimple will go on to represent India and compete internationally with the other star athletes in the international Special Olympics competition.

Harmony Founder and President, Seth Shaffer was ecstatic after being informed that Dimple won the 100 meter dash competition by the Director of the Harmony School, Anil Bhatnagar. "Dimple is from a rural area located in the foothills of the Himalayas and three years ago and her family couldn't imagine having access to educational opportunities that would accommodate Dimple's learning challenges, said Mr. Shaffer. "One and a half years later, Dimple has been recognized and rewarded for her strengths and abilities by the entire sub-continent of India."

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