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Some Facts about Special Olympics Nigeria

Some Facts about Special Olympics Nigeria

There is so much to learn about the Special Olympics movement especially as it pertains to Nigeria. Special Olympics Nigeria is an affiliate of Special Olympics International which is a Non-profit organization and the world’s largest sports organization for individuals with intellectual disabilities. 

1. Special Olympics Nigeria Sporting games

Much like the Olympics, every country participating in the Special Olympics worldwide games should have representatives. Special Olympics Nigeria has annual school competitions, Bi-annual State competitions and regional competitions that occur every three years. These games help decide which athletes would represent Nigeria in the world games. Special Olympics Nigeria has four regions that participate in these games; the south-south, the south-west, the south-east, and the North central. We participate in eight (8) Olympic-type sports; Soccer, Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Table-tennis, floor hockey and floor ball.

Floor Hockey
Floor Ball
  1. World Games
The Special Olympics has world games every two (2) years, alternating between the winter and summer games. Special Olympics Nigeria has participated in five (5) games since its inception in January of 2001;
  • Ireland (2003),
  • China, Shanghai (2007),
  • Greece, Athens (2011),
  • Korea, PyeongChang (2013)- Winter Games,
  • USA, Los Angeles (2015) and,
  • Austria, Graz (2017)- Winter Games
  1. Healthy Athlete Programs
Special Olympics Nigeria is one of 120 countries that is a part of this program. The Healthy Athlete Program offers fun ways for athletes to be more health conscious. The program provides free healthcare for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Nigeria offers health examinations in six (6) areas;
  • FUNfitness (physical therapy)
  • Health Promotion (better health and well-being)
  • Healthy Hearing (audiology)
  • MedFest (sports physical exam)
  • Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes (vision)
  • Special Smiles (dentistry)
  1. Volunteering
Special Olympics Nigeria has over 100 volunteers who serve as coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers, and managers. Our Volunteers play a huge role in the organization as they are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. You too can get involved whatever your interests are!
  1. We are Unified
The Special Olympics involves partners (athletes without intellectual disabilities) with our athletes to participate in sporting activities. We match athletes and partners based on a sport-by-sport basis where they train and compete together. This program helps our athletes and partners to improve their physical health while serving as a platform for disabling predispositions about intellectual disabilities.

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