Special Olympics – ITS does not move only goods
More confidence and self-esteem thanks to sport: The Organisation “Special Olympics”
Special Olympics is a global sports movement for people with mental disabilities. The organization was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 in the USA. It offers adapted trainings as well as competitions at a regional, national and international level.
The organization is committed to an inclusive society in which everyone is welcome. It is dedicated to giving athletes the possibility to develop mentally and physically in a sustainable manner, to ensure that they are respected and appreciated. Sport allows them to experience joy and success and boosts their courage to try something new.
On August 31, young athletes from all over Switzerland travelled to Letzigrund for the long-awaited UBS Kids Cup Final 2019. A total of 29 children with disabilities competed in the disciplines sprint, ball throw and long jump - an absolute participation record. The passionate young and older athletes were accompanied, supported and motivated by Special Olympics Ambassador Joel Burgunder, multiple Swiss champion in the 400 m sprint.
For several years now, this event has been a Unified Event*, which, in collaboration with Special Olympics, enables children with disabilities to participate actively thanks to an adapted category.
*Unified Event promotes encounters between people with and without disabilities.