First National Games Held In Ghana
Special Olympics Ghana held its first National Games from 23rd to the 25th of July 2013 in Hohoe, Volta Region. A total of 257 athletes from 24 schools participated in the games. Heavy rains delayed the kickoff which eventually took place on the 24th. The 23rd was therefore devoted to Healthy Athletes screening thanks to the support of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital. Special Smiles screened 218 athletes, and Opening Eyes screened 200 athletes.
The main activities which included divisioning rounds of Football and Track & Field were held at the Gbi Atabu Roman Catholic Basic School, and hosted by Togbega Gabasu VI, Paramount Chief of Gbi traditional area. Other prominent individuals who attended the games were, the deputy for the Regional Minister, Hon. Afortey Agbo, His Excellency Bishop Francis Lodonu, Bishop of the Volta Region, Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive Dr. Margaret Kweku, the Director of Special Education, Ghana Education Services, Ms. Rosemond Blay, and Mr. Aaron Nana Banyin Andrews, Coca-Cola Ghana representative. The local FM radio stations, Ghana News Agency, Ghana Television, Citi FM, and UTV, Ghana covered the games.
It was a very successful event with great local appeal. There were thousands of spectators in attendance due to its rural location.
Board Chair, Special Olympics Ghana