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.
For the 6th year in a row, Finish Line will be holding its annual holiday fundraising campaign benefiting Special Olympics. The fundraiser will take place from November 15 until December 31, 2017. Over 560 Finish Line stores across the United States are participating!
Like before, customers will be asked to make donations at check-out to help benefit Special Olympics. In addition to in-store donations, you will also be able to make online donations and round up on your online purchases.
Click here to shop online or make a donation, or you can visit a store in your area! Find a location near you in Alexandria, Gretna, Kenner, Lake Charles, Metairie, New Orleans, and two stores in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
The Unified Champion Schools approach incorporates Special Olympics sports and related activities while enhancing the youth experience and empowering them to be change agents in their communities. This requires a shift in current programs and paradigms from a focus on events to committing to a movement advocating for youth as leaders. This programming promotes social inclusion in schools to ensure special education and general education students are equitably engaged. Teachers and students are encouraged to collaborate and create supportive classrooms, activities and opportunities. Students should be encouraged and supported to be agents of change, have opportunities to be leaders, and participate in collaborative school activities. To achieve this, school leaders and educators must foster a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect and human dignity for all students. A socially inclusive school is a place where no student is excluded because of the degree or type of disability or the services required to meet his/her needs.