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South Africa Leads With Healthy Communities Status

Special Olympics South Africa is honored to receive this recognition, as one of nine programs globally to achieve Healthy Communities status. The vision behind the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program, made possible by the Golisano Foundation, is to create a future where people with intellectual disabilities have the same access to health as everyone else.

Special Olympics South Africa has been recognised as one of the first Healthy Communities worldwide, for the strength of its health programing to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the country.

A Healthy Community is a location officially by recognized by Special Olympics for efforts in creating year-round access to quality health care.

At Special Olympics South Africa, we focus on the importance of health education, exercise and a healthy lifestyle through initiatives such as Family Health Forums, ‘Healthy Heroes’ training, peer-to-peer training, Healthy Athlete screenings, coach training, first aid training, Young Athletes as well as workshops at schools and universities.

We’ve created partnerships with key community-based organisations who are able to provide ongoing support to our athletes.

Thanks go to our sponsors and partners: Golisano Foundation, Lions Club International, Essilor, Gift of the Givers, Aquelle, Department of Health, Life Line, LoveLife, FAMSA and most importantly our clinical volunteers who have assisted us in reaching our goals.

About Me:

I’m a young dedicated journalism intern currently working for Special Olympics South Africa. The first time I heard of Special Olympics was through word of mouth, learning more about what the organisation represents towards raising an awareness about athletes with Intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics South Africa has helped empower these athletes into having faith in their ability to do anything they want to as long as they have a positive mind set. I’m excited to see what the future holds for all of these athletes, as we work together into raising awareness throughout South Africa.