Lively named to Special Olympics board

Alisa Lively, campus life director of West Virginia Wesleyan College, has been appointed to the Special Olympics, West Virginia (SOWV) State Board of Directors.

Lively is the proud parent of Megan Lively, who has participated in bowling, bocce, cheerleading, individual skills basketball, and track and field events over the past 16 years in the Special Olympics.

She is a former director of Upshur County Special Olympics and has been involved in Special Olympics for 16 years as a parent of an athlete, and as a county director, local and state volunteer. She also served on the Games Management Team at Summer Games and Basketball Tournament.

“I am so excited to serve on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics, West Virginia, with a great group of people from across the state, who are vested in making a difference in the lives of athletes and volunteers who truly deserve it,” said Lively.

“We try to teach our athletes about their sport and supporting their teammates, but in reality, the athletes teach us what life is all about,” she continued. “It warms my heart to be involved with such an awesome organization that serves so many special people that over the years have become my friends.”

The Special Olympic oath states: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

The Mission of SOWV provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of well-coached, Olympics-type sports for children and adults who are mentally challenged. The athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympic Athletes, and the community.

For more information about SOWV, visit If you wish to make a donation to Special Olympics, West Virginia, you can do so by contacting them at: 1206 Virginia St E, Charleston, WV 25301 or by calling 304-345-9310.