The reason I have chosen this topic is because I plan on becoming a special education teacher, and I believe that athletics help kids learn things that they could not learn in a classroom.
Overview of Presentation
- Beginning, Important Moments, Sports and Events
- Wheelchair Relay Race
The founding premise and current goal of the Special Olympics is to enhance the lives of those with mental disabilities through various physical activities. Sports training enhances focus and gives participants a structure for learning lessons about perseverance, endurance and setting goals.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
Founder and honorary chairperson of the Special Olympics.
In 1958 two separate women called Eunice Shriver saying she could not find a camp for her child with a intellectual disability.
- Eunice Shriver asked special schools and clinics in her area to provide names of special-needs children who might be interested in attending the camp.
Start of the Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
First International Special Olympic Games 5-11 February 1977
March 20-27 1992
First winter games held outside of North America
July 1-9 1995 - During the 9th Special Olympics.
21-29 June 2003
Ireland host the first Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held outside the United States.
30 October 2004
President George Bush signs the “ Special Olympic Sport and Empowerment Act.
Sports and Events
35 different team and individual sports offered at the Special O lympics.
Over 35 different swimming activities
Assisted/ Unassisted swim
Cross Country Skiing
Upper Merion Special Olympics
UM Special Olympics
Whether you are an athlete wanting to compete, a volunteer wanting to make a difference or if you are just looking to have fun and be a part of something you can be a part of the Special Olympics and experience your own transformation
Pennsylvania Special Olympics
Sp. Olympics Pennsylvania
2570 Boulevard of the Generals. St 124
Norristown. Pa 19403
Phone - 800-235-9058
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