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Special Olympics is an awesome foundation that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. I love that they care about these children and adults and that they give them opportunities to participate in sports. So when SUBWAY® Restaurants and Social Moms invited me to participate in the “You Share. We Share.” Campaign, I was excited to help them get the word out about this campaign that supports different charities.
From now through August 31st, SUBWAY® Restaurants, located in USA & Canada are partnering with local charities to give back to the local community. More than 7,800 SUBWAY® Restaurants across the US and Canada are participating in the “You Share. We Share” campaign.When you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas on the weekends this summer, a percentage of sales up to $25,000 will go to Special Olympics New Mexico. Learn more about this program Here
Special Olympics is a program that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Here is an overview and the Special Olympic program:
In New Mexico, Special Olympics serves over 3,100 athletes, offering training and competition in 13 sports. They offer training and competition in the following sports: Aquatics, Athletics (track & field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Flag Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Poly Hockey, Soccer, Unified Softball, and Unified Volleyball. The athletes engage in an extensive training for at least 8 weeks. In these programs they learn sport and fitness skills. They also learn rules and strategies from coaches, officials, and games management team members. This high quality training gets the athletes ready for their Olympic competitions. These competitions are also patterned after the Olympic Games with opening ceremonies and other similar events.
Special Olympics also has a cool Unified Sports program that initiative brings together Special Olympics athletes and individuals without intellectual disabilities who are of similar age and ability to train and compete on the same team. This program was introduced in the mid-1980’s and is a concept of combining athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without to promote equality and inclusion. Unified Sports enables athletes to learn new sports, develop higher-level sports skills, and experience meaningful inclusion as each athlete is ensured of playing a valued role on the team.
The Healthy Athletes initiative is another program that is offered though the Special Olympics. This program is designed to help the athletes train and compete better through visits from health care providers . These New Mexico health care professionals offer vision, dental and hearing screenings. The athletes also have access to nutritional counseling, physical therapy and training advice. The wonderful thing is these services are provided pro bono to the athletes at state competitions.
The Special Olympics New Mexico Healthy Athletes Initiative includes these disciplines:
Check out a profile of an athlete:
Name: Kiersten Keller
Team: Special Olympics Manzano
Sports: Bowling, Track and Field, Poly Hockey
Highlights: Kiersten was honored as the January 31st French Athlete of the Game at the Lobo Men’s Basketball Game!
You have many choices to choose from when hunger strikes, make a wise choice and go support the Special Olympics, go eat a delicious sandwich at a locally owned and operated SUBWAY® Restaurants franchise. Check out Special Olympics and SUBWAY® on these many different social media links.
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