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 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.
As a Trust,we are committed to world-classsporting opportunities for all our children. We encourage participation in a wide range of sports by all our pupils. This means we may have to adapt our offer to ensure that all pupils can take part. As a Trust,we care for many pupils with learning difficulties and we want to build up awareness and empathy, within our Trust’s community, for children who face difficulties and adaptations to aid their learning either academically or in the sport.
The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement. It will be held in Abu Dhabi, the UnitedArab Emirates from March 14–21, 2019.
In the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, athletes will compete in 24 different individual and team sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics – Artistic, Gymnastics – Rhythmic, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, and Volleyball.
During the Special Olympics week, we would like, as a Trust, to celebrate this global event and as such,we plan to deliver a wide range of sporting activities to all our children. The pupils will research the history of the event, learn about the athletes competing in the Special Olympics and be aware of the barriers they have to push through to compete in the sports they love.
We look forward to this special week in school and an itinerary will be sent out nearer to the Special Olympics week – 14thto 21stMarch 2019. We will also end the celebration week with an exhibition for parents to showcase some of the fantastic work that has been completed by the children. Please have a look at the website with your children and discuss the determination of these athletes and the sports your children would like to try in the future. www.abudhabi2019.org
If you have any questions please speak toany ofthe senior leaders at any of the Trust’s schools.
Ms Y Malik
Deputy Head Teacher