The following post was written Karina, Special Olympics youth leader from Hungary. Karina makes it her mission to strengthen inclusion in her community. Check out how she #innovateforinclusion!
We must consider it a priority to create equal opportunities for disadvantaged social groups. The social integration of people with disabilities is a current hot topic of our day. Special Olympics provides sports and racing opportunities to millions of individuals with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Sport is one of the most effective areas where we can help our peers.
With this endeavor, we organized a youth sports day for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Our event was organized in the spirit of integration at the Olympic Sports Park in Győr. The complex with 4 large sports halls is located in the XIV. It was set up for the Summer European Youth Olympics Festival, serving as a venue for several sports.
We have created a colorful, meaningful program for students and their physical education teachers. Participation in the event was subject to registration. Therefore, we sent out many invitations to primary and high schools in advance.
The registration was given to all participants as a gift for many of us. The conference room in the facility gives students the opportunity to gain insight into sport not only in practice but also in theory. To execute our plan, we built two sports — football and floorball. Today, both sports play an important role in unified sports.
We tried to emphasize this during our presentation. To illustrate the joy of participating in sports together, we screened many video recordings for students and their teachers. After the performance, we went to the sports hall together. We warmed up and invited the audience to play together. This was the first time many of these individuals were participating in the sport of floorball. The success of the event was aided by volunteers from Győr — both new and experienced — and the contribution of the Stafeta DSE leader and athletes. Without them, the event would have been impossible. Following our event, there was a three-day international united football tournament for individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. Although our project is over, our plans for more inclusion are outlined for the future!
The 2018 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with Hasbro, Inc., The Samuel Family Foundation, theOffice of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.