Maidan Summit 2011 - Denzil Keelor, Special Olympics Bharat

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Co-presenting with Ms Mukta Narain Thind at Maidan Summit 2011, Mr Denzil Keelor shared how Special Olympics use sport as a stage to demonstrate capabilities to build an inclusive and cohesive …

Co-presenting with Ms Mukta Narain Thind at Maidan Summit 2011, Mr Denzil Keelor shared how Special Olympics use sport as a stage to demonstrate capabilities to build an inclusive and cohesive community. They do this by changing the attitudes of communities towards persons with disabilities by promoting acceptance, respect, recognition and eventually leading into a natural and receptive human behavior.

The presenters supported the view that sport provides the most enjoyable, beneficial and challenging activities for athletes with intellectual disabilities, and helps in their social mainstreaming. Briefing the audience on the accomplishments of special athletes, they said that given a chance, they could become more productive citizens. Mr Keelor elaborated on how Special Olympics activities strengthen people with intellectual disabilities physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, with a special mention to how the athletes move from Special Olympics training into schools and community programmes where they further compete in regular sporting activities.

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  • 1. Special Olympics Bharat … championing inclusion Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 1
  • 2. Special Olympics is the dream of a caring, compassionate human being, a great lady … Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 2
  • 3. (1921 – 2009) Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 3
  • 4. What we do Special Olympics uses sports as a stage to demonstrate thecapabilities of all people and to build inclusive andcohesive communities. Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 4
  • 5. Special Olympics Mission The mission of Special Olympics is to provideyear-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 a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 5
  • 6. Special Olympics Bharat Our Vision To change the attitude of society towards persons with disability by promotingAcceptance, Respect, Recognition, Inclusion and Human Dignity, leading to the total eradication of discrimination. Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 6
  • 7. Special Olympics PhilosophySpecial 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. Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 7
  • 8. Touching the lives of Millions World IndiaChildren and adults with intellectual 190 30disabilities Million Million 3.7 0.85Athletes participating in Special Olympics Million MillionFamily members of athletes actively 6 0.76participating across the world Million MillionVolunteers who support Special Olympics Over Overevery year 900,000 51,000Competitions organized every year 44,000 12,000 Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 8
  • 9. Inspired Leadership SO Bharat is led by its Chairman, Air Marshal Denzil Keelor, PVSM, Kirti Chakra, AVSM, Vir Chakra and has been in existence for over 19 years, in partnership with Special Olympics International, the Government of India and innumerable NGO’s The Special Olympics Bharat Board of Directors is committed to reaching 850,000 special athletes by the end of 2011 Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 9
  • 10. 35 States &Special Olympics Bharat: Our Reach Union Territories Programs SPORTS Assam OFFERED Arunachal Pradesh Andhra Pradesh ALPINE SKIING Bihar Chandigarh AQUATICS Chattisgarh ATHLETICS Delhi BADMINTON Goa BASKETBALL Gujarat Haryana BOCCE Himachal Pradesh CRICKET Jharkhand CYCLING Jammu & Kashmir FLOOR HOCKEY Karnataka Kerala HANDBALL Madhya KHO-KHO Maharashtra POWERLIFTING Manipur ROLLER SKATING Mizoram Meghalaya SNOW SHOEING Nagaland SNOWBOARDING Orissa SOFTBALL Punjab SOCCER Pondicherry Rajasthan SPEED SKATING Sikkim TABLE TENNIS Tripura VOLLEYBALL Tamil Nadu Uttaranchal Current Status Uttar Pradesh West Bengal 794,951 Athletes, 45,492 Coaches, 51,364 Volunteers, 76,717 Families Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 10
  • 11. Unique features of SO Bharat• Multiple disciplines, covering 21 sports and growing• Serving both male and female athletes• Established in 35 states & UT’s, covering more than 600 districts• Focused in rural areas• Second largest programme in the world• Largely volunteer driven• No fees charged to participate• Based on respect, acceptance, inclusion & human dignity• Providing social change and building communities• Empowering athletes and providing ability-based opportunities to excel• Helping athletes to improve their health• Supporting families and youth to live with dignity Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 11
  • 12. Achievements of SO Bharat athletes Participation in _7_ World Summer Games • _225 medals won • 241 medals won • 256 medals won Participation in _5__ Special Winter Olympics • 8 medals won • 8 medals won • 3 medals won Hearts won … millions Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 12
  • 13. Unified Sports• Unified Sports  is a program in which athletes with and without disability play together during training and competition.• Devised by Special Olympics International, Unified Sports  offers a powerful and popular instrument for Inclusion and Mainstreaming.• SO Bharat is implementing the Unified Sports  model across India. Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 13
  • 14. All children are special ... … and some more so We believe … … that your attitude can go a long wayin promoting their acceptance in society ... … acceptance as they are and not as you want them to be Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 14
  • 15. a sisterBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 15
  • 16. abrother Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 16
  • 17. adaughter . Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 17
  • 18. a sonBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 18
  • 19. a friendBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 19
  • 20. a confidante Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 20
  • 21. aclassmate Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 21
  • 22. a teacher Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 22
  • 23. a mentorBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 23
  • 24. acomedian Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 24
  • 25. aworker Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 25
  • 26. acompetitor Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 26
  • 27. a runnerBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 27
  • 28. an athlete Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 28
  • 29. a winnerBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 29
  • 30. an inspirationBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 30
  • 31. a leaderBe a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 31
  • 32. a human being Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 32
  • 33. For more informationwww.specialolympicsbharat.orgSpecial Olympics BharatJ-47, Lajpat Nagar IIINew Delhi- India 110024ali@specialolympicsbharat.orgPhone 011 2984 1362/1363 Be a fan of acceptance, dignity, and the human race. 33