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UNICEF and Special Olympics Jamaica Team Up for Social Protection

Since the first Special Olympics Games in Chicago in 1968, the athlete experience has been at the core of the Special Olympics movement. Through a growing partnership between Special Olympics and UNICEF, both organizations are committed to ensuring that not just a quality athlete experience, but a quality sports experience in a safe and welcoming environment. To this end, UNICEF Jamaica has trained 35 Special Olympics Jamaica coaches in social protection for children with disabilities. The “Fair Play: Child Protection Training for Coaches” seminar helped strengthen their national relationship. Further still, it strengthens the ability of volunteer coaches to create quality, and safe, sports experiences for all athletes in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This training will allow Special Olympics Jamaica to continue to attract quality volunteers/coaches who will be well prepared to serve persons with intellectual disabilities the country.

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I am the Vice President for Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics.