Proudly Supporting the Special Olympics
Each year, the athletes taking part in Sheffield Varsity support a chosen sporting charity. This year we are proudly supporting the Special Olympics. Two years ago our players wore LGBT+ laces for the Out in Sport campaign, last year we supported Sport in Mind, a mental health charity. For this year the campaign is around disability in Sport, with the proceeds going to the Special Olympics charity.
The Special Olympics reaches out to almost 200 million people across the world with intellectual disabilities. It empowers thousands of athletes to see themselves for their abilities, not disabilities. As a recognised member of the Olympic family the Special Olympics have a unique role to play. The Paralympics provides sports competitions for elite level disabled athletes with physical and sensory disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, while Special Olympics fosters community sport year-round at all levels for those with intellectual disabilities. With over 4.7 million athletes, age 8 years and over, they reach out to athletes of all ages, abilities and countries.
This summer, Sheffield are fortunate enough to be hosting the 10th Olympics National Summer Games, which as their flagship event is held once every 4 years. Sheffield will be home to around 2,600 athletes over four days of competition between 7th-12th August. Come along and support them, and become a part of their growing community!
To hear athlete Barry Cairns talking about what it’s like to be a part of the Special Olympics on the link below: youtu.be/3IFxrmlFH3g
We’re really proud to be supporting the Special Olympics as a part of Sheffield Varsity 2017, and look forward to the games this summer!