With generous funding provided by Kim Samuel-Johnson, five Special Olympics Programs –Kenya, Malawi, Romania, Tanzania, and Venezuela – will be working in partnership with The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass) to understand the process of conducting Young Athletes in various cultural contexts.
Previous research has shown that Young Athletes has a remarkable impact on a child's development -- more than doubling its pace. Given these results, the Special Olympics movement is anxious to expand this program widely.
To kick-off the evaluation, members from each of the SO Programs attended a three-day workshop at Special Olympics Headquarters in Washington, DC. During the workshop, the group discussed the challenges and opportunities for creating a YA a program in their country. The group worked together to come up with solutions to the challenges presented, and discuss opportunities for adaptation of the program.
About Rachel Moscato: Specialist, Research and Evaluation