Provide someone with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience the joy of friendship.
Raising $2,800 for Special Olympics New York sponsors seven athletes for an eight to ten week training season.
Special Olympics New York provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy. Programs are offered at no cost to athletes, their families or caregivers. Through their participation in Special Olympics, athletes gain confidence to help build a positive self-image.
Special Olympics serves nearly 3.5 million persons with intellectual disabilities in more than 200 Programs in more than 170 countries. With the support of over 4,000 coaches, Special Olympics New York serves over 61,582 athletes (2012 census), making it the largest program in the United States and sixth largest in the world.
Athletes can participate through Training Clubs and Seasonal Training. Training Clubs are under the direction of a certified Olympics coach and can be found in schools, service agencies and community recreation centers. Seasonal Training offers athletes an eight to ten week training season in preparation for local, regional, super-regional and State Games competitions.
What impact does Special Olympics have on athletes?
Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self-image and enjoy the rewards of close friendship.
Special Olympics leads the world in researching and addressing the concerns of people with intellectual disabilities. They identify pressing issues and commission and conduct high-level scientific research. With their findings, Special Olympics reaches out to government, healthcare and education to influence policy that brings valuable services to those in need.
You can view more about Special Olympics New York at http://www.nyso.org/.