Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports movement for people with intellectual or multiple disabilities and represented in 169 countries around the globe. 425,000 coaches and 1.1 million volunteers worldwide ensure that around 4.7 million athletes who train in over 30 different sports are ABLE to meet for joint competitions.
In Switzerland, active since 1995, Special Olympics stands for appreciation, acceptance and equality for people with intellectual disabilities and helps people with intellectual disabilities to develop their physical, social and psychological well-being through the power of sports. The athletes discover new strengths, abilities, skills and success. This benefits their self-esteem, confidence and gives them the courage to try something new. Special Olympics events provide shared experiences with other athletes, family members and society.
The DM Thomas foundation has been supporting Special Olympics Switzerland for many years. Their support contributed towards establishing Special Trainings all around Switzerland.
Special Trainings in a specific sport are trainings specifically designed for people with intellectual disabilities, primarily children. The regular training sessions are integrated in existing sports clubs and their structures. The trainings are led by a sports coach who is officially certified through Special Olympics Switzerland.
Special Trainings enable children with intellectual disabilities to participate in sport activities as other children. It teaches them the technical, physical, cognitive and sport-specific skills needed to perform the sport. It enables them to belong to a sports club and a community, giving them the opportunity to feel like a sports-person. In summary, it supports them in improving their physical, psychological and social skills through the power of sports.