The Issue: Developing Successful Social and Physical Skills
Special Olympics Minnesota helps adults and children with intellectual disabilities engage in sports with their peers in a safe environment. These social activities develop skills such as walking and running, balancing and jumping, throwing, catching, and kicking, as well as camaraderie. The Young Athletes program focuses on youth in particular, creating an inclusive play environment for children with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Minnesota aims to expand its Young Athletes programs by recruiting high-school students to coordinate events, creating more opportunities for young athletes and their families to participate.
The Campaign: Equipment for Young Athletes
If 50 people donate $10, then Special Olympics Minnesota can fund two parachutes, two sets of hop-along bouncers, and two balance maters to help expand the Young Athletes program. Each additional $50 raised will fund a set of numbered floor mats. The Young Athletes program introduces sports to children aged 2–7 and raises awareness about intellectual disabilities. Participating children engage in developmentally appropriate play activities that are designed to foster physical, cognitive, and social development.
Special Olympics Minnesota
With more than 80 competitions per year in 19 sports at the state and local levels, Special Olympics Minnesota challenges youth and adult athletes with disabilities. Training and competition in figure skating, gymnastics, bowling, and tennis, adapted to meet the needs of the athletes, focuses on the development of skills. Participation in the sports can help athletes develop mentally, socially, and physically and strengthen the bonds within families and communities in a safe and respectful environment. In Minnesota, 7,100 athletes take part in the games and year-round training, making friends, winning medals, and gaining confidence.
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