The Conway Human Development Center was honored with the 2018 Athlete Wellness Award while attending the 50th annual Special Olympics of Arkansas summer games last week.

CHDC has been active with the Special Olympics of Arkansas for nearly 49 years.

CHDC Superintendent Sarah Murphy said that receiving this award was humbling for CHDC's SOAR coaches.

"We were completely surprised and grateful for being the recipient of this award," she said. "We are so appreciative for Arkansas Special Olympics and all their great programs."

Murphy said that CHDC has recently partnered with SOAR Healthy Athletes to bring more awareness and further promote the importance of health food choices and psychical activity to its athletes as well as to its staff.

Some of the programs CHDC staff have completed and are currently implementing in their training include:


Healthy workplace.
Sport development.
Fit 5.
cooking matters.

Murphy said CHDC's staff plans to expand on these training opportunities in the future to include a variety of healthy-living program options.

"SOAR has many free educational programs that we encourage everyone to utilize," she said.

Alongside Murphy to accept the 2018 Athlete Wellness Award on May 24 was Melissa Boyce, a SOAR coach at CHDC; Alesia Holbrook, a CHDC dietician and SOAR coach; and Mary-Jane Russell, who retired from CHDC and currently serves on the SOAR board.