Sports and athletic events are an amazing way for humans to come together and compete. More than that, these events bring about a sense of community, develop teamwork and promote social skills. Within the special needs population, Special Olympics does this exactly. This organization promotes the unification of over “4.9 million athletes with intellectual disabilities” through daily activities within 172 countries (specialolympics.org). Even more exciting is that every two years, Special Olympics hosts the World Games where over 7,000 athletes and 20,000 volunteers come together.
This year, the Special Olympics World Games will be held in Abu Dhabi from March 14th-21st.
These games encourage local governments to become more involved in advocating for individuals with disabilities and encourage volunteers to become a part of this amazing event. Get ready to watch these incredible athletes as they participate in various summer sports including beach volleyball, powerlifting, table tennis, swimming and more!
Are you interested in volunteering? Check out the following link for more information.
Good luck in the games, athletes!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.