Vermont Special Olympics is an accredited chapter of the world-wide Special Olympics movement which, through therapeutic sports training and athletic competition, gives children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to strengthen their character, develop their physical skills, prepare for entry into school and community sports programs, display their talents and fulfill their human potential.
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Those eligible for participation in Special Olympics include all individuals at least eight years old who have developmental disabilities, and others who experience cognitive delays or have significant learning or vocational problems.
The benefits of participation in Special Olympics for persons with developmental disabilities include improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence, a more positive self image, friendships and increased family support. Special Oly mpics athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community. Families who participate become stronger as they learn a greater appreciation of their athlete's talents. Community volunteers find out what good friends the athletes can be. And everyone learns more about the capabilities of persons with developmental disabilities.
Special Olympics believes that with proper instruction and encouragement, persons with developmental disabilities can learn and enjoy individual and team sports that are adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical limitatio ns. Special Olympics believes that consistent training is required to develop sports skills.
Special Olympics believes that competition among those of equal abilities is the best way to test the athlete's skills, measure their progress and inspire them to grow.
Vermont Special Olympics offers a variety of sports events and activities that are appropriate to the age and ability of each athlete. The program also includes Unified Sports training and compeition in which individuals with and without developmental disabilities participate together on teams, and the Motor Activities Training Program for individuals with severe motor limitations.
The Spirit of Special Olympics - skill, courage, sharing and joy - transcends boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race or religion.
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