The Inclusion Revolution in Grassroots Sports – Funding for North Staff Special Olympics

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WHO ARE SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

Special Olympics is a global organisation where children and adults with intellectual disabilities come together to compete in a variety of Olympic sports. Founded in 1968, their mission is to help others find joy, confidence and fulfilment – no matter who you are. They also aim to inspire people to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

WHO STARTED SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

Special Olympics started with a woman called Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Eunice had a sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual difficulty. They played a lot of sports together but found that there were limited programs for someone like Rosemary. Eunice carried on and became an athlete but realised that sport was a great way to unite people, no matter who they are.

WHO STARTED SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

Special Olympics started with a woman called Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Eunice had a sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual difficulty. They played a lot of sports together but found that there were limited programs for someone like Rosemary. Eunice carried on and became an athlete but realised that sport was a great way to unite people, no matter who they are.

HOW SPECIAL OLYMPICS STARTED

In 1962, Eunice created the Shriver Camp. She invited dozens of young people with intellectual disabilities to a summer day camp in her backyard to explore the children’s skills in a variety of sports and physical activity. 6 years later the first international Special Olympic Games was held in Chicago. In the opening ceremony Eunice said the Special Olympics proved “a very fundamental fact”—that children with intellectual disabilities can be exceptional athletes and that “through sports they can realise their potential for growth.” She pledged that this new organisation, Special Olympics, would offer people with intellectual disabilities everywhere “the chance to play, the chance to compete and the chance to grow.” Eunice always believed in justice and saw little justice in the way those with intellectual disabilities were being treated – so she changed it.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TODAY

What began as one woman’s vision evolved into a global movement that to this day has served over 6 million people with intellectual disabilities in over 200 different countries. In Special Olympics, the power and joy of sport shifts focus to what athletes CAN do, not what they can’t. Attention to disabilities fades away. Instead, we see athletes’ talents and abilities—and applaud them for all that they can do. And they are doing a lot—from gymnastics to soccer to open-water swimming. With our 30-plus Olympic-style sports, Special Olympics offers adults and children with intellectual disabilities many ways to be involved in their communities, many ways to show who they really are.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TODAY

What began as one woman’s vision evolved into a global movement that to this day has served over 6 million people with intellectual disabilities in over 200 different countries. In Special Olympics, the power and joy of sport shifts focus to what athletes CAN do, not what they can’t. Attention to disabilities fades away. Instead, we see athletes’ talents and abilities—and applaud them for all that they can do. And they are doing a lot—from gymnastics to soccer to open-water swimming. With our 30-plus Olympic-style sports, Special Olympics offers adults and children with intellectual disabilities many ways to be involved in their communities, many ways to show who they really are.

HOW SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAS AFFECTED THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

Special Olympics allows people with intellectual disabilities to discover new strengths, abilities and skills. This event has given them joy, confidence and fulfilment competing in sports and encouraged them in their own lives as well and to inspire people in their communities to open their hearts to a wider, more inclusive world.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSION

There are 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Special Olympics mission is to reach out to every one of them and their families. They have done this through training, fundraising events and competitions. They also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSION

There are 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Special Olympics mission is to reach out to every one of them and their families. They have done this through training, fundraising events and competitions. They also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS GB TEAM 

There are several clubs in the UK that make up the Special Olympics GB team. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, funding became short for the non profitable organisation and the fee for the athletes went up. The North Staffordshire Special Olympics holds a badminton team, basketball team and athletics team, all of which were hit badly by the pandemic. They were seeking financial aid for new equipment, to help bring the joining fee down and for new kit. And that’s when they came to My Club.

HOW MY CLUB WORK WITH NORTH STAFF SPECIAL OLYMPICS

North Staffordshire Special Olympics are currently working with our grants specialists to apply for a specific grant for the new kit and equipment that they need.
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North Staffordshire Special Olympics Badminton Team

North Staffordshire Special Olympics Badminton Team

HOW MY CLUB WORK WITH NORTH STAFF SPECIAL OLYMPICS

North Staffordshire Special Olympics are currently working with our grants specialists to apply for a specific grant for the new kit and equipment that they need.
If you wish to donate and help talented people with ID, click here.

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