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May 21, 2014 | North America: Ohio

Wright State University Hosts First Young Athlete's Experience Event

By Urmi Chaudhuri

Wright State University’s Golden Key chapter started a new tradition for their area in Ohio by giving children with intellectual disabilities a head start on skills they’ll need for future participation in Special Olympics. The "Young Athlete's Experience" on April 13 introduced children 2 to 7 to skills they will need for Special Olympics eligibility beginning at age 8. The seven stations included: an obstacle course, running, "Coach says," batting, kicking, beginning hockey, goalie drill, and much more. We had over 10 children with Down syndrome, schizencephaly, autism, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder participate. This was an inclusive event and we highly encouraged family participation. Towards the end of the event, the children played with a large rainbow parachute. This was a unique opportunity because in our region, similar events do not exist where kids can learn these skills for future involvement with the Special Olympics.

About Urmi Chaudhuri: I am currently the President of Wright State Special Olympics College. I am pursuing a Master's Degree in Microbiology and Immunology. I grew up attending my brother's Special Olympics events in Philadelphia and was inspired to start a student organization at Wright State.

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