International Day of Persons with Disabilities is the perfect time to highlight the Athlete Leadership programming work that Special Olympics offers athletes with intellectual disabilities. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, as sanctioned by the United Nations, occurs each 3 December to promote inclusion in “human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security.”
Special Olympics Athlete Leadership programming creates opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to develop and demonstrate their leadership abilities. This personal and professional development means Special Olympics athletes are poised contribute to their communities and societies in meaningful ways.
In one of the videos, you’ll hear from Howard Masha who says, “I always dreamt of having a job. Special Olympics has given me an opportunity. And now, I’m able to provide for my family and even assist other athletes.”
In Linet Sharon’s video, she shares, “Through sports, I learned to gain courage, gain confidence, work with a team and communicate with others.”
Watch both videos below.