Sport is such an important part of children’s early lives. It is an opportunity for them to increase their social skills, build patience and learn about team building and collaboration. When they become part of a team, they are supported and encouraged by teammates and coaches. They also have the chance to learn lessons about winning, losing, persistence and resilience. Most importantly, they become part valued members of something bigger than themselves.
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
Lake shore Foundation is a therapeutic recreation program open to anyone in the community and state who are living with a physical disability. Lakeshore has become an internationally renowned organization serving over 4000 unique individuals annually through physical activity, sport, recreation, advocacy, policy and research.