The Governor's Project
Every year, the district governor chooses a project in which he or she would like the district to support and keep in mind throughout the service year. Many service projects that the New York District undertake will be closely related to this project. This year our governor, Camille Brock, chose The New York Chapter For The Special Olympics — learn more below!
The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them.
Our volunteers are all ages and their commitments can range from an afternoon to a lifetime. There are hundreds of Special Olympics offices around the world, and all of them need people at various times during the year. Start the process of becoming a Special Olympics volunteer by getting in touch with the Special Olympics office nearest you.
Despite severe need and higher health risks, people with intellectual disabilities are often denied health services and die on average 16 years sooner than the general population.
In 1997, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes began offering free health screenings and education to Special Olympics athletes in a welcoming, fun environment. Since then, we have delivered over 2 million free health screenings and trained more than 260,000 health professionals and students to treat people with intellectual disabilities.
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF SPORTS TO INSTILL CONFIDENCE, IMPROVE HEALTH AND INSPIRE A SENSE OF COMPETITION IS AT THE CORE OF WHAT SPECIAL OLYMPICS DOES
Special Olympics New York athletes are truly the greatest athletes in the world. Sure, they all want to win, but our athletes know something that many other athletes do not. Winning is not everything — competing and giving the best effort — this is what makes an athlete great.
Our mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Special Olympics New York currently serves more than 68,547 (2016 census) throughout the state. They train for weeks and months to prepare for local, regional and statewide competition. They are supported by more than 4,767 certified coaches and 37,318 volunteers. Athletes are never charged to participate in our programs.
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