Charity Details - Special Olympics Thailand
The criteria for the 2009 charity is a Thai-based organization which supports underprivileged or disadvantaged athletes and to encourage sports development.
The funds raised from the ESPN STAR Sports charity weekend will be used to bring students to the Southern Thailand regional Special Olympic Games held in Surathani on 17-19 June – giving these competitors a chance to qualify for the National Games and then potentially the World Special Olympics.
Currently, the three southern most provinces are not able to participate due to lack of funding and corporate sponsorship in that part of the country. We hope to raise enough funds to bring competitors from these three provinces to the games in Surathani, as well as supporting competitors from Phuket.
Special Olympics Thailand
Special Olympics Thailand (SOT) is a non-profit national organization responsible for providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Thailand, thereby giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness.
Started in 1987, there are currently 14,645 athletes from 136 schools nationwide participating in SOT’s programme, with the involvement of 805 coaches (of which 58 are certified trainers), 385 clinical /health volunteers and 854 general volunteers (* 2007 statistics ).
Of the various programmes that SOT has organized, Unified Sports Competition is the latest sports related activity that has been introduced to the Thai Special Olympics community.
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.
The concept of combining athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without was first introduced in the mid-1980s to provide another level of challenge for higher ability athletes and to promote equality and inclusion. Today, the initiative includes virtually all Special Olympics sports, and Unified Sports competitions are an important part of Special Olympics World Games, as well as local, state/provincial and National Games.
Unified Sports enables Special Olympics athletes to:
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