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Special Olympics Health programs are initiatives bringing quality health exams and year-round plans to people with intellectual disabilities worldwide. Read these stories of inspiration, hope and health.
Special Olympics Health global partner, The Golisano Foundation, was included in a Forbes’ article listing philanthropists trying to achieve social change in the world. The Golisano Foundation has generously gifted Special Olympics over $25 million USD to grow Special Olympics Health work, including
Global partner Catholic Relief Services has recently awarded Special Olympics Kenya a grant to support early childhood development for children with intellectual disabilities. The grant will afford Community Health Workers a chance to be trained on the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.
Mrs Igna Steyn
Lauren Wyndham Quin
Drew Boshell, Special Olympics Senior Director of Global Community Health Programs, is among presenters at the 3rd Annual World Down Syndrome Day Conference at the United Nations on Friday, March 21. The theme of this year's conference is particularly close to Special Olympics' heart: "Health and Well-being - Access and Equality for All."
Mr Felix Chisowa
"My other son was graduating today. I nearly went to attend the ceremony but I came to the Family Health Forum for my last born. I do not regret it, I feel obligated to share the knowledge absorbed with my entire family." - Magret Nkadimeng, parent who attended the Family Health Forum.