Mission: Special olympics kansas, inc. Is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. Offering year-round initiatives to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, special olympics kansas, inc. Is a platform for acceptance and inclusion as well as one of the largest advocates for healthy lifestyles in the state--regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.
Programs: Programs provide organized athletic participation for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Athletic events are run mostly by volunteers who receive special instruction in regard to the disabled.
healthy communities is a project focused on making health care services more accessible to individuals with intellectual disabilities and improving the quality of care they receive. Components of the project include health & wellness events, education of health care professionals, creation of a network of health care professionals to provide follow up care, development of a network of health care volunteers, and education of caregivers about accessible health care. In addition, the project will partner with educational institutions offering health care cirriculums, provide health, wellness, fitness and nutritional information to individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as conducting fitness programs.
The program is much more than an athletic one. It teaches many life lesson to the intellectually challenged. How to take directions form othe than parent, the value of team work,how skills can improve if you practice and work at, the way to deal with winning and more importantly how to deal with losing.
The impact that Special Olympics Kansas has on the lives of its constituents and their families is immeasurable. There are too many stories to list where the families and athletes have had dramatic, life-changing experiences that would not have been possible but for the activities, socialization, and experiences provided by Special Olympics Kansas. Our athletes remind us at every competition through their attitudes and effort what it means to be brave in the face of challenging circumstances. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to provide services aimed at improving the lives of our athletes, including atheltics, health and wellness, and inclusion. I am proud to be a Board Member of such a fantastic organization and invite you to become involved as well!