Participation in SO improves self-esteem, self confidence, social skills and enhances friendships, in addition to improving sports skills. Impacts development of athletes on the playing field, as well as their development in areas that transfer off the field to other aspects of their lives – more productive, contributing members of society (Changing Attitudes, Changing the World: A Report Card on the Impact of SO – 2005). As families and volunteers become more involved in SO, their beliefs about the capabilities and competence of people with ID become more positive… directly associated to their views of inclusion in schools, employment and community settings.
Special Olympics operates in more than 170 countries, 50 U.S. states and 3 U.S. territories. Serves over 3,000,000 athletes. Has approx. 84 competitions going on everyday around the world.
SOTX is solely funded by contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, planned gifts and special events. • One-hundred percent of the funds raised locally by SOTX remains in that community. • Our cost to raise a dollar is $0.18.
Athletes must be 6 years old to train, 8 years old to compete at the area level and 12 years old to compete at the chapter (state) level. Those ages 2 and up can participate as an Athlete in Training. Athlete Breakdown: 36% female vs. 64% male and 68% school age vs. 32% adult
Special Olympics Texas Coaching Philosophy is Athletes First, Winning Second.
Sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Golf, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Motor Activities, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Soccer, Speed Skating, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball Different sports in different areas Event divisions are based on age, gender and ability level, to give athletes an equal change to win. Each participant receives a medal or ribbon following their events. SOTX sent a delegation of 117 athletes to the inaugural 2006 USA National Games; the next National Games will be held in Nebraska in 2010. SOTX received the second largest delegation (only after the host state Nebraska) of 101 athletes, 49 Unified Partners and 40 coaches. SOTX sent 60 athletes to 2007 World Summer Games in China and 4 athletes to 2009 World Winter Games in Idaho. The next World Summer Games will be held in 2011 in Athens, Greece. SOTX athletes also have the opportunity to compete in mainstream competitions like the Penn Relays, Flying Scot Sailing Regatta, World Association of Bench and Dead Lifters Championship.
Young Athletes is a program for athletes ages two to seven. Sports play program that focuses on developing fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination. Participation-based program also introduces the child to the world of sports and begins to prepare them for competition, which can start at age eight. Families are invited to attend a Future Stars Sports Day where the athletes demonstrate the skills they have learned. Benefits for children include: socialization, coordination and strength building, awareness of self worth and self confidence, and an introduction to sports. Benefits for families include: introduction to resources and support available through SOTX and an opportunity to share in their athlete’s successes.
For athletes who cannot physically perform movements or cannot follow the rules due to cognitive or behavioral limitations. The focus is on training and participation, instead of on competition. MATP works with the following basic motor skills: mobility, dexterity, striking, kicking, manual wheelchair, motorized wheelchair and swimming. - Area 13 athletes facilitate Challenge Day for MATP athletes.
Leadership opportunities – can serve on Board of Directors or Committees, as officials and coaches Athlete Input Council – share ideas and opinions at the local and state level, provides them a platform to give their input
● Unified Sports is a program that combines athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to form sports teams for training and competition. Unified Sports dramatically increase inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into the community by breaking down barriers that have historically kept these people apart. ● Over 3,000 athletes and partners currently participate in Unified Sports programs in Texas in cooperation with schools, civic associations, Parks and Recreation departments, and other community sports organizations. Goals of Unified Program: ● Sport Skill Development - Under the direction of qualified coaches, participants will have the opportunity to develop sports skills as well as prepare themselves for participation in other community sports programs. ● Competition Experiences - Athletes benefit from physical and mental challenges participating in a variety of competitions organized by Special Olympics or by community sports organizations. ● Meaningful Inclusion - Unified Sports rules and guidelines on ages and ability grouping help ensure that all athletes play an important, meaningful and valued role on the team. ● Friendship and Socialization - The program provides a forum for positive social interaction between teammates and often leads to long lasting friendships. ● Transition and Choice - The program provides a forum for positive social interaction between teammates and often leads to long lasting friendships. Unified Sports programs have found valuable partners in Parks and Recreation departments, schools, service organizations and many more community sports organizations. These partnerships help further include athletes in their community.
● Healthy Athletes provides health screenings free of charge at Special Olympics Texas competitions. Offered in a welcoming, fun environment, these screenings educate athletes on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up. Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: ● Fit Feet (podiatry) ● FUNFitness (physical therapy) ● Health Promotion (better health and well-being) ● Healthy Hearing (audiology) ● Opening Eyes (vision) ● Special Smiles (dentistry) ● MedFest (sports physical exam) - We just held our first trial MedFest in Lewisville and hope to implement more in the future. ● Through a team of health-care volunteers, Healthy Athletes works to improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes; make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate; train health care professionals and students about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities; collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people with intellectual disabilities; and advocate for improved health policies and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.
Health screenings conducted by Special Olympics have documented significant secondary health conditions and poor access to health care among screened athletes. Data from past 3 World Games. According to a U.S. study, 81% of medical students report receiving no clinical training for patients with ID and 66% report receiving insufficient classroom instruction. Over half of medical and dental school deans report their graduates are not competent to treat people with ID. Study found on average that a person with ID would need to contact 50 doctors before finding one with specific training and experience in treating people with ID (Changing Attitudes, Changing the World: the Health and Healthcare of People with ID. SO 2005).
In an ideal world, labels would not exist, but unfortunately they do and language choices can have a powerful impact on impressions and attitudes. As language has evolved, in 2004, Special Olympics changed its official terminology from “mental retardation” to “intellectual disabilities” for two reasons: First, as an athlete-led movement, Special Olympics responded to a call for a change from its athletes, who felt deeply the negative connotations and perceptions of the term mental retardation. Second, updating our terminology brings the Special Olympics movement more in line with the international community, which has used various terms (including intellectual disabilities) rather than mental retardation for many years. As a global organization, Special Olympics recognizes intellectual disabilities as the most widely accepted and least objectionable term that is synonymous with mental retardation. This shift is not the first time the Special Olympics movement updated its terminology. When Special Olympics was founded in 1968, it was common for our population to be referred to as “mentally retarded” or simply “retarded.” As language and sensitivities evolved, the movement made a change – still in effect today – to “people-first” language, referring to people with intellectual disabilities. There is a buzz now more than ever… Tropic Thunder forced us to launch and keeps getting thrust into the spotlight (President Obama).
More than 50,000 brochures distributed throughout the state Messaging: email blasts, web, media stories, email taglines… generating a buzz PSAs sent to more than 100 media outlets throughout the state
105 Billboards posted throughout the state
In 2004, Special Olympics changed its terminology from mental retardation to intellectual disabilities in response to a call from our athletes who deeply felt the negative connotations associated with the R-word and the term - retardation. Also, updating our terminology put Special Olympics more in line with the international community that has used terms other than mental retardation for years.
We know that if we can educate children when they are young, we can hopefully eliminate the R-word from people’s vocabularies. There are countless opportunities to tie-in education to the effects of words. Students can help “get the word out” by conducting a letter writing campaign to contact legislators, media outlets (especially newspapers), local and state government agencies, organizations, etc. This project could tie into English and/or Social Studies/Civics classes. Another tie-in to English and/or Social Studies/Civics classes is for schools to conduct an essay contest. The essays should focus on the R-word, going into detail on topics like how words hurt, the impact of words, why it is important to change terminology, etc. Students should be encouraged to reference a true story/example of when they’ve heard the word used, how to respond to people who use the word, why it is important to them and so on. Take the pledge – conduct sign-ups in homeroom, computer class or in the school cafeteria. The more people who pledge NOT to use the R-word, the better! Turn it into a challenge among schools in the district; the winner will be recognized on the SOTX website, in the SOTX eNewsletters and in press releases distributed to local media. Teach your students about diversity, inclusion, acceptance and respect through a valuable student assembly presentation. Hear from SOTX athletes, family members and staff about the impact this campaign will have on people with and without intellectual disabilities. Students will take away a greater understanding of the importance of being “PC”… there is a reason behind it! Engage students in a volunteer opportunity that meets their need for service hours, but more importantly, teaches them valuable lessons about working with people with intellectual disabilities. A team-building activity, students can take part by donating their time to help at an area competition.
From our coaches to the people who help out at SOTX’s sporting events, most people involved in Special Olympics are volunteers. The hours they share help SOTX to make fun and memorable experiences for the athletes.
You don’t need to have experience in a sport to volunteer. All you need are willing hands and a big heart.
Class A volunteers are the coaches, chaperones, bus drivers, Heads of Delegations, Unified Partners, etc. Athletes usually spend time with them week after week practicing or travelling to competitions.
These are the people who come out to help run competitions and cheer the athletes on during their events.
These are examples of Class A volunteers.
Competition calendars with events and dates can be found for each area at www.sotx.org.
Many people volunteer at both the area and state level, though you can also do just one or the other.
Whether people have many hours to share or just a few, each volunteer who shares their time lets us know that they care!
As a coach, your attitude will directly affect your athletes. Special Olympics believes that the athletic experience and the camaraderie shared by teammates is what benefits an athlete the most. Coaches help athletes master new skills, enjoy competition with others and feel good about themselves. Coaches not only teach athletes the skills of the sport, but also teach and model the skills needed for successful living in society. SOTX offers 22 sports, including MATP and YA program. You can start a new sport. In 2006, TurboJav became a new sport; in 2008, kayaking was officially offered; and in 2009, floor hockey will be introduced as a demonstration sport.
Coaches give athletes awareness of self-worth, ability, courage and capacity to grow and improve. Travel the globe. Coaches have the opportunity to travel to regional, state, national and international competitions.
Have fun – both the athletes and coaches should enjoy themselves. Help athletes develop physically, psychologically and socially. Exercise sound judgment in every decision that affects athletes, coaches, volunteers, family members, officials and the organization. Be a positive role model exhibiting good interpersonal skills, moral values, respect, honesty, trust, fairness, and courtesy. With proper leadership, sports programs produce athletes who accept responsibilities, accept others and accept themselves.
Knowledge of sport – the more knowledge you have of basic skills of a sport, and the more you know about teaching these basics in the proper sequence, the more fun you and your athletes will have. Motivation to be a good coach – you can have all the skills and knowledge, but without motivation, you will not be successful. Empathy – be able to understand the thoughts, feelings and emotions of your athletes and convey this to them. Communication – you must be able to communicate with athletes, parents and other coaches. Everyone works together better when goals and objectives are clear.
Special Olympics coaches are role models whose behavior serves as a positive example for their athletes. They must strive to provide the fairest and most positive competitive experience to every athlete. Uphold Olympic ideals and values – exhibit respect, moral values, courtesy, trustworthiness Behavior should reflect a positive and constructive attitude and accept responsibility for the behavior of others. Coach must realize that the Special Olympics experience is not limited to competition; athletes benefit in every facet of their lives. The most successful coach focuses on the lifelong benefits the athlete receives, not on competition.
SOTX gives coaches the tools to be successful through the Coach Education System. All coaches are certified and must maintain recertification standards. No prior sports knowledge is required.
Offers new social avenues with the whole family. Provides new recreational avenues for the whole family. Instills family pride. Involves siblings in a role. Gives family self-esteem. Gives chance for family to feel proud. Provides atmosphere for families to meet others with like experiences and understandings.
SOTX is more and more becoming a support and services entity to families especially in the areas of local, state and national website resources by creating a Family Resource Guide(hopefully later to be posted on our website) for them to use as a support component. The Families Committee is also invested in creating Area Family directories for each area director and area family representative in order to build a strong networking model at those levels. These are two examples of the support and services direction that SOTX is moving toward.
Sports play program designed to introduce children to sports and competition before they are eligible to train and compete with Special Olympics at the age of eight. Young Athletes is for children ages two to seven years old. The program utilizes physical activities to develop fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination play. Children build these skills by participating in specific activities on a regular basis. The program concentrates on applying the skills learned through these activities in preparation for Special Olympics sports competitions. SOTX was picked to pilot this program in 2005, which has now expanded throughout the state.
The YA program was developed in direct response to requests from families wanting to involve their young children in Special Olympics. Students will work on skills as part of their school day. These skills may be in line with the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. One to two times a year there will be a culminating day called the Future Stars Sports Day, where the students will demonstrate the skills they have learned for family and friends. At age seven, Young Athletes will have the opportunity to participate at a local area competition in two events. Here they can experience what competition and events are about at the next level.
This dynamic program offers an abundance of networking opportunities for all of these groups to once again bring about (understanding, awareness, attitude change) for those with intellectual disabilities.
Benefits to Athletes • Socialization - offers an opportunity for the athletes to establish strong bonds with their typically developing peers of the same age at which point the &quot;cycle&quot; of awareness, understanding and attitude change can be established early in the schools. (e.g. Project Unify) • Coordination and strength building • Awareness of self worth and self confidence • Introduction to sports and preparation for competitions when they are of age
Benefits for Families • Introduces families to the resources and support available within Special Olympics • Offers families the opportunity to share in the success of their future athlete
The positive benefits of your support extend far beyond the day of an event or competition – changing the lives and perceptions of your employees, company and community.
Universal impact – between athletes, donors and volunteers, Special Olympics touches the lives of one in every six families in Texas Vast recognition – SOTX is the state’s largest amateur sports organization with 32,240 athletes and 3,055 coaches Favorable public perception – named the most credible charity in America by the Chronicle of Philanthropy – beat out companies like Starbucks and McDonald’s in terms of favorability Overwhelming support – has a loyal army of more than 65,000 donors and 46,000 volunteers – in return for your support of a cause they deeply care about, they will support you through loyalty and purchasing habits Out-pulls the Olympics – purchasing intent for products affiliated with Special Olympics is more than double that of the Superbowl and 47% greater than the Olympics High profile events and participation – gained supporters like Yao Ming, NFL Hall of Famers Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchak, Governor Rick Perry, Coach Gary Blair and the Big XII… to name a few
Next year is the 25 th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run in Texas
Speakers Bureau Training
Speak Up! for Special Olympics Texas June 20, 2009
Welcome! Margaret Larsen President & CEO Jan Sartain Board Chair
<ul><li>About Speak Up! </li></ul><ul><li>Class A volunteers and Global Messengers </li></ul><ul><li>Motivational and informational speeches </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to give two presentations per year (Stay in contact with SOTX staff about speaking engagements and speech content) </li></ul>
<ul><li>Expectations of Participants </li></ul><ul><li>During Training: </li></ul><ul><li>Be attentive. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss personal ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn ways to provide information. </li></ul>
“ Pairing Off” Icebreaker Andi Baca Kelly and Olivia Newman
<ul><li>Do’s </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it upbeat. </li></ul><ul><li>Use notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Be yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of non-verbal communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Face your audience. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Do’s </li></ul><ul><li>Be clear. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay within time. </li></ul><ul><li>Summarize. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for questions. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t memorize. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t read your speech. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t mumble or speak in monotone. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t gesture or move a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t talk down to the audience. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Don’ts </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t speak too fast, slow, loudly or softly. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t play with items in your pocket. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume anything. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get flustered. </li></ul>
Mastering Your Modules General Families R-word Campaign Young Athletes Volunteering Sponsorships Coaching Law Enforcement Torch Run
SOTX Mission 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 the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
<ul><li>SOTX Structure </li></ul><ul><li>There are 19 area offices and the chapter headquarters. </li></ul><ul><li>The chapter headquarters is in Austin, to be centrally located. </li></ul><ul><li>Chapter provides support/services to areas so that they can focus on the delivery of the program. </li></ul><ul><li>SONA and SOI </li></ul>
<ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>501(c)(3) non-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Receives no funding from United Way, state or local governments </li></ul><ul><li>Donors/Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Official Partners </li></ul>
<ul><li>SOTX By the Numbers </li></ul><ul><li>32,240 total athletes (ages 2 and up) Growth of 16.7% over previous year </li></ul><ul><li>58,617 total athlete participation </li></ul><ul><li>46,577 volunteers </li></ul>
<ul><li>Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>3,055 coaches </li></ul><ul><li>1,066 sport knowledgeable coaches </li></ul><ul><li>498 MATP certified coaches </li></ul><ul><li>39 athletes are certified coaches </li></ul><ul><li>266 coaches trainings were held in 2008 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Competitions </li></ul><ul><li>22 sports </li></ul><ul><li>245 competitions annually </li></ul><ul><li>3 statewide (chapter) competitions: Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Classic </li></ul><ul><li>National and World Games </li></ul>
Young Athletes (YA) <ul><li>For ages 2 to 7 years </li></ul><ul><li>Sports play program </li></ul><ul><li>Future Stars Sports Day </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits – children and families </li></ul>
<ul><li>Motor Activities Training Program (MATP) </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for athletes unable to participate in traditional Special Olympics sports </li></ul><ul><li>Created to enhance motor skills, sports skills and physical fitness. </li></ul><ul><li>Eight-week training culminates in Challenge Day. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Athlete Leadership Program (ALPs) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows athletes to have a “voice.” </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Athlete Input Council </li></ul><ul><li>Global Messenger program </li></ul>
<ul><li>Unified Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement and team pairings encourage inclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers competition in every team sport. </li></ul><ul><li>Goals include skills development, competition experiences, inclusion, socialization and friendship, and transition. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Healthy Athletes </li></ul><ul><li>Free health screenings. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers screenings in 7 areas: Fit Feet, FUNFitness, Health Promotion, Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Special Smiles and MedFest. </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts athletes and health care professionals. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Healthy Athletes Screening Stats </li></ul><ul><li>26% had never received an eye exam; 24% needed glasses </li></ul><ul><li>44% had obvious tooth decay </li></ul><ul><li>19% failed hearing tests </li></ul><ul><li>25% needed physical therapy </li></ul><ul><li>54% had one or more types of skin or nail conditions </li></ul>
<ul><li>Campaign Elements </li></ul><ul><li>Brochures </li></ul><ul><li>Merchandise: pins and shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging </li></ul><ul><li>Television PSAs </li></ul>
Everyone Can Get Involved Volunteer… Become a coach… Serve as a Unified Partner… Fundraise as a Torch Runner… Sponsor an event or the R-word campaign. The possibilities are endless.
Be a fan of dignity, respect, strength determination, courage and fun. Get involved with Special Olympics Texas! 800.876.JOIN www.specialolympicstexas.org
Erase the R-Word Campaign It started with Special Olympics’ terminology change in 2004; SOTX took the initiative with further action to make a societal change.
Key Players In 2006, Special Olympics Texas assembled a group of experts from different fields to work together in the hopes that, ultimately, this committee will take steps so people statewide will recognize this new terminology and embrace it.
Eliminate the R-Word ● As a global organization, Special Olympics recognizes intellectual disabilities as the most widely accepted and least objectionable term that is synonymous with mental retardation, and wants other organizations and people to do the same. ● Using the R-word to describe people with intellectual disabilities, or even using the R-word in ANY manner , is hurtful and disrespectful.
Why Eliminate the R-Word? In an ideal world, labels would not exist, but unfortunately they do and language choices can have a powerful impact on impressions and attitudes. It’s never okay to say. Words do hurt.
R-Word Campaign Hits the Streets Beginning September 15, 2008, 105 Erase the R-Word billboards went up in the Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio areas.
Join the Campaign ● Visit www.sotx.org to take the pledge online and encourage others to take the pledge. ● Become friends with SOTX on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Change.org and YouTube. These sites feature Erase the R-word flair, campaign information, pictures, blog topics and Public Service Announcements. ● Watch the R-word Public Service Announcements on the Special Olympics Texas YouTube channel.
Online Campaign Elements www.specialolympicstexas.org/rword www.myspace.com/specialolympicstexas www.facebook.com/people/Sotx_Tx/1409569425 www.youtube.com/specialolympicstexas www.twitter.com/SOTexas
Support Positive Change ● Show your support and sign the pledge online. ● Educate your friends and family to never use the R-word. ● Wear your R-word t-shirt and button with pride.
R-Word T-Shirts ● R-word t-shirts are available for purchase. ● Wear your t-shirt to make a positive statement and change terminology.
Taking it to the Schools ● Student Letter Writing Campaign ● Legislative Day ● Essay Contest ● R-Word Pledge ● Student Assembly ● Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers The Heart of Special Olympics Texas
Volunteer Oath “ "I promise to give of the time in my life so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives. I promise to support Special Olympics not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings. I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because, in giving, I receive so much more in return."
● Volunteers are essential to this organization; without them Special Olympics would not exist today. ● More than 1.5 million individuals around the globe dedicate one of the most precious gifts to Special Olympics – their time. ● There are more than 46,000 Special Olympics volunteers in Texas! Volunteers Make SOTX Work!
● If you can serve water…you can volunteer! ● Volunteers can register online for Class A or Class B status. ● Youth ages 8 to 14 are welcome to help out, but must be accompanied by a parent or adult volunteer. Who Can Volunteer?
<ul><li>Have regular close contact with athletes, are in a position of authority or supervision, are in a position of trust, or handle substantial amounts of cash. </li></ul><ul><li>These volunteers must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>complete a Class A Volunteer Application. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>complete General Orientation and Protective Behaviors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pass a criminal background check or complete Minor Reference Form if under age 18. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be at least 15 years old. </li></ul></ul>Class A Volunteers
<ul><li>Also know as “Day of Event” Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Have limited contact with athletes and are supervised by coaches or chaperones. </li></ul><ul><li>These volunteers must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>complete a Class B Volunteer Registration Form. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>pass a photo identification check. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be 15 years or older to volunteer alone; 8-14 year olds must be accompanied by one adult for every four youth. </li></ul></ul>Class B Volunteers
How Can I Get Involved? <ul><li>Unified Sports Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Committee Member </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative </li></ul><ul><li>Coach/Assistant Coach </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Official </li></ul><ul><li>Torch Runner </li></ul><ul><li>Chaperone </li></ul>
Volunteer at the Local Level You can volunteer locally through one of Special Olympics Texas’ 19 area offices, which conduct more than 250 competitions per year.
Volunteer at the State Level You can also volunteer at the state-level: - Fall Classic in Bryan/College Station in October - Winter Games in Austin in February - Summer Games in Arlington in May - Equestrian in Bryan in May At the state-level we always need volunteers for sport-specific positions (officials, judges, or referees), as well as event-day-of-event volunteers.
Volunteer Today! Everyone brings their own unique talents and contributions. From coaching to serving refreshments - each volunteer can make a difference in a life!
Special Olympics Coaching “ Athletes First, Winning Second”
Is Coaching For You? • There are more than 3,000 coaches in Texas. • The requirements are very simple… have a big heart and enjoy having a good time and making a difference! • As a coach, your attitude towards sports and competition will directly affect your athletes. • Coaches have the opportunity to bring a sport to an area where it may not currently exist.
Why Coach? • Coaches give athletes awareness of self worth, ability and courage. • Travel the globe. • Promote fair competition, organize and conduct training programs, and teach staff and athletes the rules of the sport.
<ul><li>Coaching Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>• Have fun. </li></ul><ul><li>• Help athletes. </li></ul><ul><li>• Exercise sound judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a role model. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What Makes A Successful Coach? </li></ul><ul><li>• Knowledge of the sport </li></ul><ul><li>• Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>• Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul>
Coaches Conduct • Role models • Positive attitude • Experience vs. competition
Training • Coach Education System • Certification • No experience necessary
Steps to Become A Certified Coach 1. Complete General Orientation training (online or in person). 2. Complete Protective Behaviors training (online or in person). 3. Attend sport-specific coaches training. 4. Work a minimum of 10 hours with SOTX athlete or team. 5. Be a registered Class A volunteer (1 and 2, plus background check).
• Coaching is fun! Share the responsibility and excitement with friends and family. • Coaching is a bonding experience. Spend time with your athlete or family member and make new friends. • Meet other coaches who share your passion for sports and Special Olympics. Ready to get started? Contact your area director today!
Special Olympics Families “ Families are FUNdamental”
Why Family Involvement is Important • Care, encouragement and support of athlete • Input on how things should be done • Often our most dedicated coaches and volunteers • See first-hand the benefits of involvement and can help play a big role in our outreach
How Can Families Get Involved • Volunteer • Coach • Officiate • Write a newsletter article • Help provide transportation • Help with fund raisers • Be on a calling tree • Support your athlete • Attend family meetings • Bring in new families
Getting Involved as a Coach or Unified Partner • Become a certified coach or assistant coach. • Organize, coach or play on a Unified Sports team. • Use specific sports expertise to help set up sports clinics or training schools. • Become a trainer to instruct coaches and individuals. • Help a certified coach with transportation, chaperoning or other needs.
Area Families Committee Activities <ul><li>• Develops an understanding and sensitivity to all levels of family involvement at all levels of the organization. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an enjoyable experience for family members at all Games and competitions. </li></ul><ul><li>• Creates a feeling of acceptance and belonging. </li></ul><ul><li>• Provides a positive, inspiring experience for all. </li></ul><ul><li>• Educates families in opportunities for involvement. </li></ul>
State Families Committee Activities <ul><li>• Provides support and directs to services/resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Host reception area at state Games. </li></ul><ul><li>• Provide education tracks at the annual conference. </li></ul><ul><li>• Represent family issues on the Board and Committees. </li></ul><ul><li>• Provide information and resources to families. </li></ul><ul><li>• Encourage growth of family involvement at the area level. </li></ul>
Help Us Open Doors <ul><li>• Encourage schools to include SOTX sports training programs in an existing adapted PE curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize Special Olympics sports skills program guides to start an after-school sports program. </li></ul><ul><li>• Volunteer to help start Unified Sports teams. </li></ul><ul><li>• Help start Special Olympics Partner Clubs. </li></ul><ul><li>• Create a booster club to support your team. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What is the Young Athletes (YA) Program? </li></ul><ul><li>Sports play program designed to introduce children to sports prior to eligibility at age eight. </li></ul><ul><li>For children ages two to seven years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizes physical activities to develop fundamental tracking and coordination play. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What is the Focus of YA? </li></ul><ul><li>Work on skills as part of school day. </li></ul><ul><li>Skills are in line with Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Culminating day called Future Stars Sports Day held once or twice a year. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare children for the next step – Special Olympics participation. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Examples of Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Walking and running </li></ul><ul><li>Balance and jumping </li></ul><ul><li>Trapping and catching </li></ul><ul><li>Throwing </li></ul><ul><li>Striking </li></ul><ul><li>Kicking </li></ul>
Future Stars Sports Day Offers the opportunity for (3) very diverse groups to network and build relationships… The FSSD brings (1) ID families and typically developing families at together at an event; (2) school personnel (administration, teachers, staff, students etc.) participation; and (3) SOTX support.
<ul><li>Benefits to the Athlete </li></ul><ul><li>Socialization – establish strong bonds with typically developing peers of same age </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination and strength building </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of self worth and self confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to sports </li></ul>
<ul><li>Benefits to Families </li></ul><ul><li>Introduces them to resources and support </li></ul><ul><li>Offers the opportunity to share success with the athlete </li></ul>
<ul><li>Young Athletes in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of 2008, SOTX had 2,047 Young Athletes, with 12 areas running the program. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009, the goal for Young Athletes is 4,000 athletes with 19 areas running the program. </li></ul><ul><li>* If interested, contact your area director for additional information and support. </li></ul>
Partnering with SOTX The Values of Corporate Sponsorships
<ul><li>Impact on Your Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens organizational, leadership, communications and decision-making skills </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>Creates better quality of life where employees live and work </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces stress and increases morale </li></ul>
<ul><li>Impact on Your Company </li></ul><ul><li>Bolsters image as “good corporate citizen” and builds goodwill toward company </li></ul><ul><li>Increases morale, loyalty and productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Creates teambuilding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances employee recruitment and retention </li></ul><ul><li>Improves communication and relations </li></ul>
<ul><li>Impact on Your Community </li></ul><ul><li>Generates renewed spirit of citizenship and civic pride </li></ul><ul><li>Provides new talent and ideas to meet community needs </li></ul><ul><li>Increases level and quality of community services through contributions </li></ul>
<ul><li>Why Partner with SOTX </li></ul><ul><li>The athletes and the lives you change! </li></ul><ul><li>501c3 non-profit; receives no funding from United Way or state/local government </li></ul><ul><li>Funded solely by contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, planned gifts and special events </li></ul><ul><li>Cost to raise a dollar is $0.18 </li></ul>
<ul><li>SOTX Goes the Distance for Partners… </li></ul><ul><li>Universal impact </li></ul><ul><li>Vast recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Favorable public perception </li></ul><ul><li>Overwhelming support </li></ul><ul><li>Out-pulls the Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>High profile events and participation </li></ul>
<ul><li>Ways You Can Become Involved </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Donate </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct a promotion with customers </li></ul><ul><li>Make an in-kind donation </li></ul><ul><li>Host a fundraising event with vendors and clients </li></ul><ul><li>Make a matching gift </li></ul>
Law Enforcement Torch Run Guardians of the Flame
Law Enforcement Torch Run <ul><li>Largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>Involves all branches of law enforcement including private and state prisons </li></ul><ul><li>Actual running event in which officers run the “Flame of Hope” to the Opening Ceremonies of Special Olympics Texas competitions </li></ul>
Beginning in Texas in 1985, the Law Enforcement Torch Run has been a Special Olympics tradition for almost 25 years and has grown to become one of the largest in the nation. LETR Beginnings
The Law Enforcement Torch Run honors the spirit of the Special Olympics movement and the courage of its’ athletes. LETR Goes the Extra Mile
LETR Inspires Law enforcement officers representing their state and nation’s Torch Run program comprise a "Final Leg Team" which carries the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremonies of the World Games every two years and National Games every four years.
In the last decade, Torch Run has contributed over $11 million through a variety of fundraisers such as Polar Plunge, t-shirt sales, Cops on Top and Tip-A-Cop. LETR Fundraising
<ul><li>In 2008, Texas Torch Runners raised more than $1,000,000. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2001, the Texas Torch Run was number one in the world, raising more than $2 million. The ongoing goal is to recapture that title. </li></ul>Texas Strives for the Top Spot
Ways for Your Department / Unit / Agency to Get Involved <ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul><ul><li>Sell LETR t-shirts </li></ul><ul><li>Work at a Tip-A-Cop or similar event with your fellow officers </li></ul><ul><li>Help recruit other officers or agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Serve in a leadership role </li></ul>
To its athletes, Special Olympics is much more than sports training and competition. Special Olympics changes lives. Together, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and the athletes of Special Olympics Texas are an inspiration to all. LETR Means More
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<ul><li>Speaking to the Media: Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Two to three main points </li></ul><ul><li>Printing materials </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking news </li></ul><ul><li>No acronyms </li></ul>
<ul><li>Speaking to the Media: During </li></ul><ul><li>Be enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare </li></ul>
<ul><li>Tips for Media </li></ul><ul><li>Taped or live? </li></ul><ul><li>Speak slowly </li></ul><ul><li>Start over </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t look at the camera </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid nervous habits </li></ul><ul><li>Limit information </li></ul>