Special Olympics – Over 40 Years of Sport for Development Experience
Special Olympics Mission
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 disability , giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness , demonstrate courage , experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts , skills , and friendship with their families other Special Olympics athletes and the community .
Special Olympics Vision
Special Olympics is an unprecedented global movement which, through quality sports training and competition , improves the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, the lives of everyone they touch.
Special Olympics Philosophy
Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement , learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Was started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962 in her backyard
Has over 3.4 million athletes playing in over 30 Olympic-type sports .
Runs over 44,000 events a year in over 170 countries in thousands and thousands of local places and in Olympic stadiums.
Is for persons with Intellectual Disability (ID) and anybody who wants to play with them
Has people with ID as Board Members, Advocates, Coaches and Managers
Operates the most inclusive sports development and competition model in the world
Is a sports organisation that is also the worlds biggest organisation of people with an ID
Runs the world’s biggest public health program for people with an ID
Has fantastic partners like FIFA, national and state governments and global corporate partners like Airtel, Tata, Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola and Mattel
Sport is an acronym for …
Winning (and losing)
Research has shown that most people play for fun, friendship and health. The only difference between Special Olympics athletes and other athletes is that Special Olympics athletes want to win more!!
AN OVERVIEW OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS BHARAT TOTAL POTENTIAL: 30 MILLION AQUATICS ATHLETICS BADMINTON BASKETBALL BOCCE CRICKET CYCLING HANDBALL POWERLIFTING ROLLER SKATING SOCCER TABLE TENNIS VOLLEYBALL FLOOR HOCKEY ALPINE SKIING SNOW SHOEING SPEED SKATING SNOWBOARDING KHO-KHO FIGURE SKATING KHABADI SPORTS OFFERED Assam Arunachal Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Bihar Chandigarh Chattisgarh Delhi Goa Gujarat Haryana Himachal Pradesh Jharkhand Jammu & Kashmir Karnataka Kerala Madhya Maharashtra Manipur Mizoram Meghalaya Nagaland Orissa Punjab Pondicherry Rajasthan Sikkim Tripura Tamil Nadu Uttaranchal Uttar Pradesh West Bengal TARGET 2010 : 750,000 Athletes 31 STATE PROGRAM
Learning’s from India
Special Olympics Bharat (India):
Is 655,000 athletes strong, runs 21 sports and conducts 10,855 events a year.
Is growing at least 100,000 athletes a year and will reach 1 million athletes by 2012 .
Is the largest sports federation in India in terms of registered athletes.
Operates more unified sport events than anywhere else in the Special Olympics world.
Got 6 times the pledges from youth (compared to the USA) to not use the word “retard” or the local equivalent in less than half the time (compared to the USA) in what Special Olympics Bharat called a “pilot project”
Has access to over 1 million government aided schools
Global Family Support Programming
SO Get Into It!
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs)
Ragini Rao, Athlete SO Bharat
Benefits of Special Olympics
Motor Skill Development
Cognitive Skill Development
Social Emotional Skill Development
Adaptive Skill Development
Communication Skill Development
Increase self esteem, confidence
Exhibit courage and enthusiasm
Transform communities by inspiring people
Enhance ability to live normal productive lives .
“ First they will ignore you. Then they will laugh at you. Then they will fight you. Then you will win.”
In India we are winning athlete by athlete, attitude by attitude.