Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Special Olympics GB - The Reason Behind this Blog

Founded in 1978, Special Olympics Great Britain is a registered charity and the country’s major provider of sporting opportunities for people with a learning disability. There are 135 branches in the Special Olympics Great Britain network with over 450 volunteer coaches in sports ranging from athletics, swimming, football, gymnastics, judo, bowls, basketball and cycling.

The mission statement of Special Olympics Great Britain is “to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for people eight years of age and older with a learning disability, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate achievement, experience enjoyment and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community."

The Great Britain team that went to the Special Olympics World Games in 2007 had 155 athletes competing in 17 sports. Around £2,000 is required for each attending athlete’s expenses.

Lawrie McMenemy MBE, Chairman of Special Olympics Great Britain said "We are delighted to be joining forces with Domino's Pizza in what I am sure will be an unprecedented campaign to spread the word of our truly unique organization. There are over 1.2 million people with learning disabilities in Great Britain and a further 200 learning disabled babies are born each week- we want each and every one of them to know that there is a free programme they can turn to that will dramatically improve their quality of life."

For more information, visit http://www.specialolympicsgb.org/

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