Motor Activity Training Program

This page draws together motor activity training program-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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The Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Program is designed for athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability who are unable to particpate in Official Special Olympics sport competitions because of their skill and/or functional abilities. The Motor Activity Training Program is designed to prepare athletes with severe or profound intellectual disability, including athletes with significant physical disabilities, for sport-specific activities appropriate for their abilities.


Motor Activity Training Program Stories and News


October 02, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Successful partnership continues to generate sports opportunities for athletes

By Kada Delic-Selimovic

Special Olympics athletes who won medals at the recent European Games in Antwerp were recognized during Opening Ceremonies.

A successful partnership between Special Olympics and a local disability group in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to flourish. Together, Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina and OAZA organized a competition for over 400 Special Olympics athletes.View Story A successful partnership between Special Olympics and a local disability group in Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to flourish. Together, Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina and OAZA organized a competition for over 400 Special Olympics athletes. The event, the fourth large competition to be jointly organized, took place in Sarajevo from 25-28 September 2014 in Sarajevo. On 27 September, the day’s sports events were dedicated to Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Special Olympics athletes competed in seven sports. The Motor Activity Training Program (MATP) also was organized for those individuals with severe intellectual disabilities and 86 people took part. The games were funded through an initiative that OAZA has with SHIA, a network of Swedish disability groups funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and FIFH Malmo, a Swedish disability sports organization.

About Kada Delic-Selimovic:Kada Delic-Selimovic is National Director of Special Olympics Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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July 25, 2014 | Asia Pacific: Thailand

Pioneering a Sports and Health Innovations Platform in Thailand

By David Evangelista

Special Olympics and UNICEF Thailand have renewed their partnership agreement and plan to launch new health initiatives while sustaining a strong focus on development through sport programming and leadership development.View Story Special Olympics and UNICEF Thailand have renewed their partnership agreement and plan to launch new health initiatives while sustaining a strong focus on development through sport programming and leadership development. This paves the way for both organizations to implement regional sports competitions, youth/athlete-led leadership training courses and health examination programs, as well as scale up the Special Olympics Healthy Communities program, which provides comprehensive health assessments for children with intellectual disabilities and better integrates them into the state health system. In addition, UNICEF and Special Olympics Thailand will hold 4 Motor Activity Training Programs, a motor-skill development program for individuals with profound disabilities. With partnerships in over 30 countries, Special Olympics and UNICEF work together at all levels to achieve equity for all children, including those with intellectual disabilities.

About David Evangelista:I am the Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations for Special Olympics.
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May 14, 2014 | SOI General: Headquarters

Seeking Experienced Officials for the LA 2015 Games

By Sara Prescott

Special Olympics welcomes applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. The application deadline is July 1.View Story Special Olympics is accepting applications for volunteer sport officials for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles California, 24 July – 2 August 2015. In most cases, Special Olympics will select officials who are already certified by a related sports federation and who have Special Olympics officiating experience. Applications must be received by no later than July 1 2014. Please use the link below for more information and to download applications.

About Sara Prescott:I am the Administrative Assistant of Sports Training & Competition at Special Olympics.
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