Special Olympics let me be myself – a champion

Have you ever wanted to be a champion? Do you know how to be one? Let Special Olympics help you with that!

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities. There are more than 5 million athletes in 172 countries that train and compete year-round.

In this TED Talk, Matthew Williams describes how Special Olympics changed his life. He speaks about inclusion, acceptance and the benefits that Special Olympics provides to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

So what can you do to help transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities? Attend an event and cheer for athletes. Volunteer to coach an athlete (Special Olympics will provide you with all the resources). Volunteer to assist with Healthy Athletes (health services and information to athletes in dire need), mentor an athlete in the Global Messenger program (a training program that offers public speaking and presentation skills to athletes), or donate to the many fundraising events that Special Olympics provides.

Both personally and professionally, I have seen how powerful the Special Olympics movement can be. I have seen quiet, shy athletes become Global Messengers speaking to large groups at community events. I have seen athletes train, compete in a new sport, and later win a gold medal. I have seen parents cry tears of joy when attending an event because their child was finally able to show what they could do. I have watched as middle/high school volunteers go on to become special educators because of the impact Special Olympics made in their life.

Take just a few minutes to listen to Matthew and then consider volunteering or donating. You can be a champion; you can make a difference, and make someone else’s life richer.


Joanne Catron, A
Alpha Sigma Alpha Vice President of Membership

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