Was there a mentor, teacher or coach who made a difference in your life? The one who gave you the courage and determination to strive to be your best? The one who helped shape both your performance and your character? You can be that important person in someone else’s life.
Coaches teach the skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches are role models and character-builders. Special Olympics coaches go even further.They help athletes find their own strengths and abilities. They also show them how to build upon those strengths and improve every day.
As a Special Olympics coach, you bring enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude to each practice, event and competition. You will enrich the lives of our athletes in many life-changing ways. The skills and confidence an athlete learns through sports have a long and lasting effect.
Sean Adams recently qualified to advance to 2014 Special Olympics USA Games this summer in New Jersey. He will compete against athletes from across the country as a member of Team Louisiana. He has been training daily in Aquatics to enhance his skills. Going to USA Games has made him realize that in addition to training, he must find other ways to get stronger and healthier. Although his family has always talked about healthy practices such as nutrition and exercise, Sean took it upon himself to sign-up for the Healthy Athletes program. At State Indoor Games this past March, Sean participated in the Health Promotion and Special Smiles disciplines for the first time. Not only did he receive screenings in these two disciplines, he was also provided with the education and tools necessary to make healthy decisions every day. His mother has expressed that the Healthy Athletes program has allowed him to remain independent and be held accountable his for personal wellbeing. His commitment has made him more conscious and aware of making healthy choices both inside and outside of Special Olympics. He has continued to be proactive about his health and looks forward to participating in Healthy Athletes at upcoming events.
Are you an avid runner? Do you walk a bunch durin g the day either for your job or school? Do you want to support Special Olympics in a fun way?! If you answered yes to any of these, then Charity Miles is for you! Check out the website and sign up today. You can also download the app in the App Store or Android Market. Be sure to pick Special Olympics as your charity of choice!
This week, we kicked off Camp Shriver in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Camp Shirver is a place for persons with intellectual disabilities to come together to learn new sport skills and improve individual performance. Athletes are paired with partners who have been trained as camp Volunteers.
Along with developing new sport skills, our athletes will get to participate in Special Smiles, one of our Healthy Athlete disciplines. Here, athletes will get a full check-up from dentists and dental students alike. Athletes are also given a list of dentists in their are so they can continue treatment.
Camp Shirver will take place in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Destrehan, Shreveport, and Jefferson.