Special Olympics Area 16 provides motivation and support to the children and adults involved in Special Olympics. Special Olympics encourage children and adults to take part in something much greater than themselves. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition.
Special Olympics programs include:
Summer sports include basketball, cycling, tennis and more. Golf and softball are just a couple of the fall sports that are offered. Bowling, volleyball, roller skating and several other fun sports take place in the winter. Special Olympics Texas athletes must train for at least 8 weeks prior to each competition. Athletes are trained by volunteer coaches who have completed a required certification program and training.
The Athlete Leadership programs offer athletes the chance to take on roles and join in activities that used to be considered “non-traditional.” Several programs include a focus on basic motor tracking, motor skills and physical fitness. The Healthy Athletes program offers free health screenings. This helps athletes overcome or lessen anxiety about doctor or dentist visits. Project Unify and Unified Sports help to further inclusion and acceptance in schools. Other activities vary, but include public speaking and coaching. Community involvement, social skills training and more are also offered.
Family support is an important part of Special Olympics activities and events. Family members provide critical support to their family member athlete. Families help to improve the program by sharing ways for improvement.
There are quite a few ways to help Special Olympics as a volunteer. Volunteers serve as coaches, officials, speech coaches and more. How about becoming a sponsor? Sponsor funds help support year-round sports training and competition.
Special Olympics Amarillo serves 524 children and adults in 26 counties in the Texas Panhandle. They offer 22 sports activities, so there is sure to be something everyone will like. Their office is in downtown Amarillo on 203 SW 8th Ave, Suite 400. You can reach them at 806-374-7171.
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