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May 27, 2014 | Africa: South Africa

Young Athletes Empowers Family Members in South Africa

By Mmane Boikanyo

Family member participating in Young Athletes Demo

A Young Athletes event held at Boitumelong Hospital in Kroonstad introduced parent Puseletso Nyenye to the program for young children. She said, “I can see visible changes in my son and I now do some of the exercises that I learnt at the demo with him.” Family members joined in on the fun at the demonstration event 13 May in order to learn more about sports and how it can benefit their children. Young Athletes is an early introduction to sports and to the world of Special Olympics. The focus is on fun and developmental activities that are important to mental and physical growth for children 2 to 7 years old.The event proved favourable with family members requesting more Young Athletes Demo events. Family member Tefo Ngqwemla had this to share:”Raising a child with intellectual disability can be quite challenging but initiatives like this empower us to reach out to our athletes. You also realise that there is nothing different with your child. They are also human beings.”

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