Motor Activity Training Program

This page draws together motor activity training program-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to particpate in Official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. The Motor Activity Training Program is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities.


Motor Activity Training Program Stories and News


March 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Inclusive Sports Demonstration Draws Cheers in Greece

By Joanna Despotopoulou

At the beginning of March in Athens, 84 athletes from special education institutions joined 84 Special Olympics Unified Partners for a demonstration of the Motor Activities Training Program.View Story At the beginning of March in Athens, 84 athletes from special education institutions joined 84 Special Olympics Unified Partners for a demonstration of the Motor Activities Training Program. “People with severe, profound and multiple impairments, regularly, have far less opportunities to engage in sports activities than any other disability group, and they are usually are excluded from participation in sports, due to the high level of support required and the nature of their impairment,” said Joanna Despotopoulou, President, Special Olympics Hellas. “MATP covers this gap and gives our athletes the joy of participation in an environment of unity,” she added. The event was organized by Special Olympics Hellas in cooperation with the Institution for Children with Special Needs “Hara.” Unified Partners were students from the private school Doukas. More than 70 Special Olympics Hellas supported the event that was held at the DAIS Sports and Cultural Center. The center was filled with the cheers and applause of 800 students.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is President of Special Olympics Hellas.
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November 13, 2013 | SOI General: Headquarters

MATP Coaching Guide Published

By William Awumey

The motor activity training program (MATP) is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics Sports competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities.View Story The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to participate in Official Special Olympics Sports competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. These activities are offered as a starting point when designing specialized training programs for each athlete. The coaching guide helps accomplish that. Click related link below to read the guide.

About William Awumey:Manager, Online Resources
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October 03, 2013 | Latin America: El Salvador

Young Athletes and Motor Activities Training Sessions

By Johamy Alabi

In September the cities of Santa Ana, San Salvador and San Miguel, were the headquarters for the western, central and eastern provinces respectively where national athletes, from the beginning of year, demonstrate their skills through different developmental routines in their programsView Story Based on the 2013 agreement of the Ministry of Education (MINED), and Special Olympics called "Sports activity and recreation for people with intellectual disabilities" experiential sessions were developed for Young Athletes Motor Activities Training programs. The agreement provides equitable opportunities for access and learning for teachers in Special Schools and students through sport as a tool for social inclusion, offering opportunities and sporting experiences and adapting to different interests, motivations, and abilities. In September the cities of Santa Ana, San Salvador and San Miguel, were the headquarters for the western, central and eastern provinces respectively where national athletes, from the beginning of year, demonstrate their skills through different developmental routines in their programs. The conferences were developed with support from over 300 volunteers.

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MATP Events


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Event

Location

May 29 - 31 2014

Michigan State Summer Games

Join more than 2,600 Special Olympics athletes and 3,400 coaches, volunteers, chaperons, family members, volunteers and spectators at the 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games. Opening Ceremonies are Thursday, May 29 with the Games running through Saturday, May 31. Ten types of competition are offered at the State Summer Games each year, including aquatics, athletics, bocce, bowling, gymnastics, horseshoes, powerlifting, weightlifting, volleyball, developmental athletics and motor activities training program. Athletes compete in State Summer Games after qualifying at local competitions throughout the year.
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Aaron Mills
Email:aaron.mills@somi.org
Phone:(989) 774-4393
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Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
UNITED STATES

May 30 - Jun 1 2014

Rhode Island State Summer Games

After weeks of training and competing at Area Games, athletes from all over Rhode Island will be compete against their peers in aquatics, athletics, bowling, cycling, motor activities training program, powerlifting and unified soccer. We invite you to join us on the University of Rhode Island campus and watch our athletes achieve their personal best! For more details click on the link below.
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University of Rhode Island
Kingston, Rhode Island
UNITED STATES

Sep 9 - 21 2014

2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games

In September 2014 more than 2,000 athletes from 58 countries will come to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2014 Special Olympics European/Eurasian Summer Games and enjoy 13 days full of joy and friendship. The athletes will compete in 11 sports and be invited to join 5 supporting programs.
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Special Olympics European Games 2014
Email:info@so2014.com
Phone:+32 3 220 25 00
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Various locations, AntwerpAntwerp
BELGIUM

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