Month Event August 2017 Men's basketball team performs community service July 2017 Calvin Athletics and SAAC Help with Special Olympics Spring Games June 2017 Maine Maritime Academy Athletics Hosts Seventh Annual Bocce Tournament May 2017 Elizabethtown College SAAC hosts Special Olympics swim meet April 2017 Averett athletics host Special Olympics regional basketball tournament March 2017 Mariners Host Special Olympics Basketball Jamboree February 2017 Luther SAAC Hosted Second Annual Unith Bowl for Special Olympics December 2016 Commonwealth Coast Conference SAAC Spends the Day with Special Olympics November 2016 Wheaton College (MA) women's basketball starts season with Special Olympics of Massachusetts / Hamline hosts unified basketball game with Special Olympics October 2016 SUNY Canton Hosts 2016 New York State Special Olympics Summer Games September 2016 Framingham State partners with Special Olympics and Albion College bowls with Special Olympians August 2016 Crown College hosts Special Olympics basketball event July 2016 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) hosts Special Olympics Unified tournament June 2016 Kalamazoo organizes Special Olympics track meet May 2016 Wisconsin Lacrosse participates in polar plunge
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Abstract: The Special Olympics not only give special athletes athletic skills, they offer more opportunity, encouragement, and dexterity to survive in society than the public school system alone. To understand the differences and similarities between handicapped athletes and their non-handicap peers is the first step in creating a program that best meets the child's needs. There were no community programs that catered to the mentally and physically challenged, so Eunice Kennedy-Shriver created "special games" in her back yard for her handicapped child. Shriver established the Special Olympics in 1968. Today there are more than one million special athletes competing in 140 countries. There are some problems with relying on the public school system to seek a child's full potential in the special education programs. The Special Olympics, however, have found an effective method of preparing children, teens, and adults for society through sport. The diverse selection of sports, their rules, and physical demands, is an advantage when there is a huge range of disabilities. There is a program offered for almost everyone. People who benefit from these games range from the athletes themselves, the officials, coaches, caregivers, parents, to the spectators and on-site first aid staff. Mrs. Kennedy-Shriver said this in regard to special athletes, "through sports, they can realize their potential for growth." Over and over this fantastic organization has demonstrated integrity, good sportsmanship, and goal oriented programs that work!
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