Mission and Values Our mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities by becoming physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Our vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with disabilities who choose to participate, therefore improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.
Personal Connection I have a sister with disabilities and I understand how difficult it is for the person with the disability and I also know how hard it is for the family. I want be a special education teacher and work with children who have special needs. I believe that the special Olympics is a great way for special needs children to experience joy and to demonstrate courage while interacting with other special Olympic athletes and the people in their community.
Specific Programs We offer year around sports training and athletic competition in Olympic-type sports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympic athletes also have the opportunity to participate in unified sports competition. This is a program that combines athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without and puts them on a team to train and compete with each other. We currently offeran eclectic of sports including: Aquatics Athletics (Track and Field) Basketball Golf Gymnastics Bowling Hockey Soccer Tennis Softball
Inputs We need an exorbitant amount of: Volunteers to donate time or money Coaches to help train and be mentors to the athletes Money to ensure the continuation of the programs offered at no cost to the athletes A board of directors composed ofadept business and sports leaders, professional athletes, educators and experts in intellectual disabilities Facilities where the athletes can train and compete Athletes Equipment including balls, bat, nets, golf clubs, hockey pucks, hockey sticks
Process We get children and adults with intellectual disabilities involved in different sports We have trained coaches to educate, train, and bring joy and new experiences to the athletes We hold competitions and events so the athletes can play against and meet others
Outputs and Outcomes Through our non-profit organization we have helped many people with intellectual disabilities and people without We have empowered through sport and have brought education and understanding to help change attitudes We have brought happiness, friendship, support, self- esteem building, and skills building to the athletes and various people in the community
Specific Need in the Community There are a lot of people in our community with special needs and intellectual disabilities The special Olympics has all types of people including different race, culture, age, gender and background yet they all come together to celebrate what they have in common and to help those in need Many of these people live lives of isolation and are socially excluded from full participation in schools or society
Link to Critical Thinking and Critical Reading The Special Olympics foundation developsand organizessport teams with special needs people and determine what these people are capable of with their disability so they can help them grow and succeed The foundation identifies andcomprehends how the person with the disability feels and how the family feels so they can understand and provide support Critical Thinking/Reading
Link to Critical Action The Special Olympic foundation plans events and competitions They engage in these peoples lives and contribute to their happiness They demonstrate and teach the people with intellectual disabilities how to play sports, and glean many more skills that are need in life
Just Think Foundation The goals of this funding institution is to teach young people to live healthy, responsible, independent lives in a culture highly impacted by the media
The Comparison Special Olympics Foundation & Just Think foundation They both strive for young people to: Gain leadership abilities Improve their academic performance Make sound and healthy behavior decisions Acquire practical workplace tools Engage positively with their peers, parents, educators, and community Think for themselves
How to Become Involved Go to http://www.sosc.org/ At this address you can: Donate Volunteer Sponsor Or call: (562) 354-2600