With the generous support of the Mattel Children’s Foundation, the Young Athletes Program is an innovative sports play program designed to introduce children with intellectual disabilities to the world of sports prior to their Special Olympics eligibility.
Designed for children ages 2 through 7, the Young Athletes program is designed to strengthen physical development and self-esteem by building skills for future sports participation and socialization. These skills can also help increase the participant’s motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. The program encourages families to become involved as the child learns success through physical activity, all while connecting with their intellectually disabled child in unique ways.
Find out more about the program here.
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On February 12th, 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana hosted the first ever unified baseball clinic within the state. Word got out about the clinic, and the mother of one athlete wanted her son, Riley, to participate in any way possible. Riley however, is unable to walk on his own without the assistance of his crutches that give him support. SOLA staff members worked to figure out the best way to get Riley involved. As the clinic began, Riley participated in catch when sitting on a bench, but that wasn’t enough. Riley wanted to bat. He started off seated, but the bench was restricting Riley’s swing. With a few attempts and a coach stationed behind him for support, Riley stood on his own and swung a baseball bat. This was Riley’s first time participating in a Special Olympics event, and he had a blast! Since the baseball clinic Riley has gone on to participate in bowling and volleyball competitions. Riley’s determination is what Special Olympics and Unified Sports is all about!
“I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.” – Sue Wicks
This Throwback Thursday goes back to June of 2014 for Special Olympics USA Games!
Special Olympics Louisiana sent a delegation of 101 to New Jersey to compete in the Games. Team Louisiana did phenomenal and brought home 47 gold medals, 36 silver medals, 34 bronze medals, 43 fourth place ribbons, 10 fifth place ribbons, 6 sixth place ribbons, 3 seventh place ribbons and 3 eighth place ribbons. That is a grand total of 182 awards!
Social Inclusion Through Sports
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
In Unified Sports, teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away.
Young people with disabilities don’t often get a chance to play on their school sports teams, but more and more U.S. states are adopting the unified sports approach that Special Olympics pioneered. For almost 20 years, Special Olympics has offered sport teams that blend people with and without intellectual disabilities, and that is a model that encourages sports and fun, and which also gets people together to learn more about each other. You can learn more about unified sports and get involved with SOLA by clicking here.
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