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Kenya picks "The Home of Champions" for training and competition

Special Olympics constantly strives to provide training for athletes and coaches in various skills that will enable the growth and development of both the individuals and the program. Iten, Kenya, is known as,” The home of champions”, because of the community's athletic dominance in world short and long distance races. Today, Iten is the preferred high altitude training location for athletes from all over the world. This town helped host the Special Olympics Kenya athletes, mentors and coaches for training and competition. A total of 20 coaches, 18 mentors and 17 coaches participated. This event was sponsored by the Elgeyo Government and Minister of Sports, the Honorable Shandrack Yatich, who also participated in the parade at the competitions. The newly trained athletes, coaches and mentors put their skills to use by running their first ever Unified® Sports advancement football match. This competition was a qualifier for the county to select athletes that will represent the region at the Special Olympics Kenya National Games in which 25 athletes advance during the month of June. Special Olympics Unified Sports® joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Special Olympics Kenya is supported by an A Very Special Christmas grant.