Special Olympics Zimbabwe partnered with Leo’s Club District 412 to host a 7-a-side Unified® Soccer Tournament in April at the Prince Edward School. Leo’s Club District 412 represents four Southern African countries: Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The Leo’s Club program falls under the Lions Club International program for youth and has an objective of amongst other things to facilitate the grooming of service minded future leaders.
The 7-a-side soccer tournament was the brain child of the Leo’s District 412 to extend the Special Olympics partnership and was incorporated into the Leo’s 2014 convention and their inaugural Leolympics.
The Leolympics was created to change attitudes and to encourage social inclusion through sports incorporating people with and without disability using the Special Olympics Unified Sport model.
Dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences, Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.
Special Olympics Zimbabwe Athletes were honoured to participate in the inaugural Leolympics. Observers remarked that is was great to see everyone on the field of play being treated with respect and equality. The 7-Aside Tournament will now take place annually during the Leo Convention.
About Mrs Viola Musariri: Special Olympics Zimbabwe National Director