Special Olympics Nigeria organised its first ever Youth Activation program in February this year. Videos on Special Olympics were screened for 120 students and teachers from the CMS grammar school in Lagos. The vivid visual learning experience covered Special Olympics mission, history, initiatives and the impact of the organisation.15 Special Olympics Nigeria athletes were also on hand to provide their personal insight on intellectual disability and the Special Olympics Movement.
Ms. Temidre Allies, the organiser of the event, urged students to become a part of the Special Olympics movement and to work towards creating a society that showed compassion and acceptance to all individuals regardless of their ability.
To emphasise the role of youth and to reinforce the concepts of inclusion and acceptance, Special Olympics Nigeria also organised a Unified® football match which included students from the school.
The game left many amazed at the talent displayed by the athletes. Mr. Ojuri Adewale commented, “People with an intellectual disability are unique in their own way, they may not have the same strength as regular athletes, but, with patience and constant training they can give their best.” He spoke about his cousin who has special needs and how he would take this learning experience and further support him and advocate for him.
Special Olympics Nigeria 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games silver medallist, Miss Treasure Chidi-Ofong, enthusiastically concluded the event by thanking everyone for their support and for attending the event.
About Ms Dolapo Adedapo: Special Olympics Nigeria National Director