TERRE HAUTE. Ind. (WTHI)- Education secretary Betsy Devos proposed a budget cut that would affect education programs.
It would eliminate 18 million dollars in federal funding for the Special Olympics.
CEO of the Special Olympics in Indiana, Jeff Mohler, confirmed that the potential cut would not impact the local Special Olympics event in Terre Haute.
However, it would affect local schools who participate in the program 'Champions Together' such as Terre Haute South and North Vigo.
The program partners with Special Olympics Indiana and the Indiana High School Athletic Association and involves anti-bullying campaigns, disability awareness, and more.
The program is integrated with 610 schools in the state for grades K-12.
Indiana receives $250,000for the program out of the 18 million for federal funding which is about 50% of the entire program.
Mohler says it will remain in place and he's confident the community will come together to help fundraise the money they might potentially lose.
"It doesn't affect our health fitness initiatives and it certainly doesn't affect our local programs in their programming that they continue to do at a local level. It just involves the one education program that we have in schools. I trust the process and I think we will be fine," said Mohler.
The Special Olympics program will continue to host their 50th-anniversary event this summer.