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Special Olympics prioritizes Health Care with Healthy Athletes

Special Olympics prioritizes Health Care with Healthy Athletes
In 1997, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® began offering free health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes in a welcoming, fun environment. Since then, we have delivered over 2 million free health screenings and trained close to 300,000 health professionals and students to treat people with intellectual disabilities. Moreover, Special Olympics Programs have been able to expand their reach of Healthy Athletes, by offering 123,896 screenings since 2016 in new locations or in new disciplines. Dr. Alicia Bazzano is the Chief Health Officer for Special Olympics. Dr. Bazzano was generous with her time and gave FanSided a guided tour through the health screening that each athlete is afforded. The program has been in place for over 20 years and continues to expand in scope.

MyHealth

MyHealth is an online hub for health education resources geared towards Special Olympics athletes and other people with intellectual disabilities that creates a fun online learning environment through visually engaging materials that allow users to learn more about their health at their own pace.

World Health Organization Director-General Statement at Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Berlin

The World Health Organization was conceived and born in 1948 with a very simple but powerful idea: that health is a human right.

Global Athlete Congress

The Global Athlete Congress (GAC) is a platform where Special Olympics athletes lead the way to a more inclusive world. It’s a space where athlete leaders from all 7 Special Olympics Regions further develop their leadership skills, so they can take on leadership roles in Special Olympics, their communities, and their workplace.

Special Olympics Podcast: Inclusion Revolution Radio: Season Four

An athlete led podcast featuring athletes, partners, ambassadors, employees, and supporters of Special Olympics.

Fit Feet

As an athlete, your feet are an important part of your sports performance and your health. Be sure to wear shoes that fit you properly and are in good condition so that you can be a great athlete!

Motor Activity Training Program

Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) Partnership

LCIF has been one of the movement’s longest standing and most global of partners. Since 2000, LCIF has brought generous financial support, volunteer engagement and youth development to over 100 nations around the world. Under the global partnership’s Mission: Inclusion banner, Special Olympics and LCIF have scaled key programs and services that bring lasting support to individuals with intellectual disabilities, including eye health and vision care (Opening Eyes), inclusive sports programming (Unified Sports), family health education (Family Health Forums), community leadership training (Leadership Academies), refugee support (Unified with Refugees), national partnership development and much more.  

Inclusion Revolution Radio - Shanaia Xuereb

Welcome to our special edition of Inclusion Revolution Radio and Spotlight Sessions from Special Olympics and accessiBe. It’s an exclusive series of conversations, where we talk about all things inclusion, sport and accessibility. In our seventh episode, we were fortunate enough to speak to Shanaia Xuereb, Special Olympics Malta Athlete, Health Messenger, and member of the Athlete Leadership Committee. This year Shanaia got to represent Malta at the Global Athlete Leadership Conference, helping to lead the way for a more inclusive world. Additionally, as a health messenger, Shanaia helped to advocate for athletes and serve as a health and wellness role model for the Special Olympics community.