Kings Special Olympics Youth Program

Organization Sponsor: Kings Special Olympics

Organization Partner: Acadia University

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Program Description

To all athletes, coaches, volunteers, and family members: Welcome to the Kings Special Olympics Youth Program. This is a new program offered through Special Olympics, and a first in this area. We will be learning as we go and with this in mind I ask that we take every opportunity to share ideas and support one another.

Currently we offer two distinct programs:

* Athletics/Gym
* Aquatics

The gym program takes place at the Berwick and District School gym, on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.. The gym is currently booked from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the event that our numbers grow and we require additional time for a second class. The gym program provides our athletes with an opportunity to improve fitness levels and promote healthy living. The emphasis will be placed on developing gross motor and athletic skills through introductory activities, warm-up routines, aerobic exercise, skills training, and through non-competitive and competitive games, and activities.

Sports are Aquatics, Athletics, Bowling, Curling, Floor hockey, Figure Skating,Nordic Walking,Snowshoeing, Powerlifting,soccer, softball,speed,skating.

Chapters shall host their Provincial/Territorial Games/Championships, or attend another Chapter's Games, in the year preceding the CSO GamesCSO Summer and Winter Games are held every four years and in the year preceding International Summer and Winter Games.

Funding Sources: 

Michelin,Sobey's,BMO,Kings Rehabilitation Center,Subway,NS Health Promotions, Delta,Aliant,Torch Run,Edward Family Trust, Staples,Larsens.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Special Olympics provide sport opportunities directly for athletes with a mental disability.
The athlete is all-important in Special Olympics. It is critical that coaches, parents and caregivers encourage and provide athletes with a mental disability with every opportunity to reach their highest level of athletic achievement.
Special Olympics is a sport program. Sport involves the matching of strength, endurance and physical skills in formalized settings with structured rules and determined outcomes. Every Special Olympics athlete deserves the right to a certified coach

Impact Of Program: 

There are 26 athletes in this program and it has a wonder effect on their physical abilities.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback to the board.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This is a diverse group, the youngest being five and the oldest being twenty. Some of our athletes require more direct assistance than others and there is also a noticeable difference in competitiveness. We will make an effort to meet the individual needs of each athlete. Periodically we would also like to organize social activities outside of the scheduled program (bowling, movies, dances, etc.), please feel free to add ideas. If you are interested in volunteering please let one of our coaches know.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Encouraging those who might be shy to try.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 1970.

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