“I am a Special Olympics Athlete”, features, Special Olympics Louisiana athletes, coaches and unified partners coming together for the same message. (Video Produced and Edited by Tuck and Roll Media)
#MSM Rodriques Love runs the 800M in 2 minutes and 28.9 seconds. The top #9 Louisiana Male Athlete in the state, according to the LHSAA, runs the 800M in 2 minutes and 35.07 seconds. Just a little more proof that our athletes are awesome and have outstanding abilities!
The Paralympics will soon begin in London, here are a few tidbits about the relationship between Special Olympics, Paralympics, and Olympics.
It was nearly 25 years ago when the IOC (International Olympic Committee) first recognized Special Olympics during the 1988 Winter Olympics. In 2009, the IPC (International Paralympic Committee) membership voted to include athletes with intellectual disability in competitions, starting with the 2012 London Summer Games.
What’s the Difference?
Special Olympics and Paralympics are two separate organizations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They are similar in that they both focus on sport for athletes with a disability. Apart from that, Special Olympics and the Paralympics differ in three main areas: 1) the disability categories of the athletes that they work with, 2) the criteria and philosophy under which athletes participate, and 3) the structure of their respective organizations.
To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics, athletes must have an intellectual disability; a cognitive delay, or a development disability, that is, functional limitations in both general learning and adaptive skills. (They may also have a physical disability.) Paralympics welcomes athletes from six main disability categories: amputee, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, visually impaired, spinal injuries and Les Autres (French for “the others”, a category that includes conditions that do not fall into the categories mentioned before). To participate in the Paralympic Games, athletes have to fulfill certain criteria and meet certain qualifying standards in order to be eligible. Read More
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