According to a study done by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults with disabilities are 3 times more likely to have heart disease, strokes, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities. Additionally, the United States Surgeon General pointed out that people with disabilities often receive sub-par health care. The free medical screenings provided at the Special Olympics Healthy Community cannot only help detect small health problems before they get worse but are also an easy alternative to the lacking health care available to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read More
At Special Olympics, while athletes are the heart of our organization our volunteers are its backbone. Each competition requires a host of responsibilities including our annual State Summer Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports where more than 4,000 volunteers dedicate their weekend to make our games a success. One of those volunteers, Skylar, shares his experiences as a volunteer and spectator during this busy competition.
The 2014 Special Olympics Florida Summer Games was truly an inspiring and fulfilling experience as more than 1,800 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities competed for a chance to take home the gold in their respected competitions. Read More