Special Olympics is dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities to become more physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition. The basic philosophy of Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy, and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Kreider Services’ Special Olympics
Individuals with disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image. They grow mentally, socially, and spiritually through their activities. They exhibit boundless courage and enthusiasm, enjoy the rewards of friendship. Ultimately each person can discover not only new abilities and talents but “their own voice” as well.
Kreider Services is proud to offer Special Olympics and has year-round training and competition in five Olympic-type sports. There is a small fee to participate in Special Olympics.
Who can participate in Special Olympics?
- Are eight years of age or older.
- Eligible youth between the ages of 2-7 years can participate in the “Young Athletes Program”
- Have been identified by an agency or professional as having mental retardation, cognitive delay, and or has a closely related developmental disability.
- Have been registered to participate in Special Olympics.
Comments about Special Olympics
Persons participate in Special Olympics for different reasons. Here is what several had to say as to their reason for taking part.
“I love it I like to do my best I get to see friends from all over not just Kreider.”
“Get to meet new people and getting exercise.”
“Basketball and softball.”
“I like basketball.”
“Have fun with sports.”
For more information on Special Olympics, please contact Lisa Olson at (815) 288-6691.