The Special Olympics

The Special Olympics World Games is currently taking place in Abu Dhabi. With 7,500 athletes from more than 190 countries taking part in 24 Olympic Sports it is a spectacle not to be missed!

Breaking down barriers

The Special Olympics showcases athletes competing in a wide range of sports. The athletes all have intellectual disabilities; however the event’s main aims are to highlight their strengths, determination and professionalism on the sporting world stage.

The Special Olympics goes further, it uses sport as a way to connect people. It also promotes its own Healthy Athletes Program. This is ‘designed to improve each athlete’s ability to train and compete in Special Olympics, as well as in life, by providing free health screenings, services, and education in conjunction with competition events.’ It is not just the athletes that benefit from this service, but over 155,000 health care professionals and students have been trained to treat people with intellectual disabilities. They are then able to provide greater care to even more people.

The Special Olympics is yet another fantastic example of the power of sport.

Sport can bring people together, it can challenge and push you, and it can give you strength, drive and discipline.

Sport can give you purpose and hope, it can help you out of your darkest times, and you can make lifelong friends.

Sport can give so much too so many people. Sport is about engagement, enjoyment and enrichment – sport is for all and The Special Olympics embodies this perfectly.

At Team Sports Travel we look to take on the message from The Special Olympics motto. We provide sports tours for all levels and look to give our tours more than just perfectly matched competition. We provide enriching tours that harness and highlight everything that sport can give.

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