The Issue: Physical Activity for Kids and Adults With Disabilities
According to studies from the World Health Organization and State of Illinois Department of Public Health, obesity and obesity-related health issues are more prevalent among individuals with disabilities than their peers, making regular physical activity incredibly important. The Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games serves as a motivator for people with disabilities to stay focused and active in sport training.
The Campaign: Sponsor Kids and Adults in Summer Games
If this Grassroots campaign raises $410, then Special Olympics Illinois can sponsor three athletes at Special Olympics Summer Games. Each additional $134 raised will be used to sponsor another athletes.
To compete in the Summer Games, held at Illinois State University June 15¬–17, athletes train for eight weeks and then compete at a local event in their chosen sport—aquatics, track and field, bocce, gymnastics, powerlifting, or soccer. Only athletes who win a gold medal at a qualifying event advance to the Summer Games.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Special Olympics Illinois
As part of its efforts to change negative perceptions and boost physical fitness and self-esteem, Special Olympics Illinois offers year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Continued opportunities to participate in Olympic-type sports, such as gymnastics and soccer, help these athletes experience personal growth and friendship as they share their skills with families, other Special Olympics athletes, and their community.
Throughout Illinois today, more than 21,000 adults and more than 11,000 young adults with intellectual disabilities train and compete through Special Olympics.