Nakuru county, one of Special Olympics Kenya’s strongest programs was fittingly chosen to launch a Unified® Basketball sports code. The launch took place at the Nakuru Girl’s High School which has been providing weekly training on their sporting grounds.
The event was part of the program’s goal to officially launch a new sporting code on the day the program commemorated the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
The event kicked off with a 5 km parade, led by the Lions Primary School band, from the Governor’s office to the venue. Members of the County Assembly of Turi represented the governor, Kenya’s police officers ensured road safety and security with motor cycle out riders.
Athletes from six special schools partnered with learners from Nakuru Girls High School and Lions Primary School. A total of 26 coaches, 72 athletes, 27 partners and 20 family members participated in the Unified Basketball event.
Basketball coach David said , “this opportunity has been an eye opener for me. I have realised that people with intellectual disability can actually learn and acquire skills. I am going to volunteer my services to Special Olympics.”
The event really captured the theme – Play Unified and Live Unified, and was covered by 3 national media stations, NTV, KBC and Radio which generated a lot of awareness in Kenya.
About Mr John Makathimo: Special Olympics Kenya National Director