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SO Nigeria Stories

SO Nigeria Stories

Discover the experiences and thoughts of our athletes, volunteers and more through their stories.

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“I love that we play together, jump, help each other wear our bibs, and also practice on the balance beam. Since the start of the program, I have noticed that the other athletes and I relate better with each other.”

SO Nigeria Young Athlete- Miss Ebunoluwa Agunbiade with her coach; Chichi Ndulue
 








 
 



After one of the Young Athletes activities, ‘Ebunoluwa Agunbiade’ an 8-year-old Special Olympics Nigeria athlete from Amuwo Odofin Primary School, Mile 2, stated that she loved the Young Athletes program and valued the impact of the activities on herself. Now, she sees the community as an inclusive, friendly and altruistic one. 


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“My son’s name is Matthew, he is 27 years old and has Down syndrome. Matthew joined SO Nigeria 2 years ago. Prior to SO, Matthew had a phobia for water. When he was introduced to swimming, getting into a pool was very challenging but with the help of the coaches, he felt encouraged and overcame his phobia for water. Every time he gets in the pool he feels free, relaxed, and confident. He believes in himself in a way I could not have imagined. In Special Olympics, he has found a big family and has also made new friends. By being involved in my son's swimming trainings, our family has grown closer and we have learned to appreciate the little things in life. Special Olympics Nigeria is the best thing that has happened to my family.”
 
Matthew now has a favorite saying that articulates everything he has achieved- "Anything is possible if you try"
 
SO Nigeria Parent- Mrs. Oisamoje

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“Prior to my implementation, I was worried about my inability to effectively interact with the SON athletes and get them to participate during implementation. However due to the support of other volunteers, the great responses of the athletes, and their eager participation, I am happy and satisfied by the outcome of the program.”

Special Olympics Nigeria Coach; David Odunuga at the extreme right in a stretching exercise with the other coaches
 
 
David Odunuga at the extreme right stretching with the other coaches at the football for hope implementation.















David Odunuga is one of the new volunteers for SO Nigeria FIFA FFH initiative.
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Raimot Bello, a 19-year-old athlete, exhibited her love for the SO Nigeria Skillz for Life program, when she refused to eat during her lunch break because she had not he concluded her training for the day.
 
SO Nigeria athlete Miss. Raimot Bello
 
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