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


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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April 25, 2014 | Latin America: El Salvador

Eastern Zone Multisport Tournament

By Johamy Alabi

The facilities of INDES San Miguel, INJUVE and Felix Charlaix Stadium have been the scene of the multi-sport tournament in the Eastern Zone Special Olympics held on 08 and 09 April.View Story The facilities of INDES San Miguel, INJUVE and Felix Charlaix Stadium have been the scene of the multi-sport tournament in the Eastern Zone Special Olympics held on 08 and 09 April. More than 300 athletes from the departments of San Miguel, Morazan, La Union and Usulután showed their skills and athletic talents participating in sports disciplines such as: athletics, tennis, bocce, swimming and demonstration of Motor Activity skills.

About Johamy Alabi :Executive Director
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March 10, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Hellas (Greece)

Inclusive Sports Demonstration Draws Cheers in Greece

By Joanna Despotopoulou

At the beginning of March in Athens, 84 athletes from special education institutions joined 84 Special Olympics Unified Partners for a demonstration of the Motor Activities Training Program.View Story At the beginning of March in Athens, 84 athletes from special education institutions joined 84 Special Olympics Unified Partners for a demonstration of the Motor Activities Training Program. “People with severe, profound and multiple impairments, regularly, have far less opportunities to engage in sports activities than any other disability group, and they are usually are excluded from participation in sports, due to the high level of support required and the nature of their impairment,” said Joanna Despotopoulou, President, Special Olympics Hellas. “MATP covers this gap and gives our athletes the joy of participation in an environment of unity,” she added. The event was organized by Special Olympics Hellas in cooperation with the Institution for Children with Special Needs “Hara.” Unified Partners were students from the private school Doukas. More than 70 Special Olympics Hellas supported the event that was held at the DAIS Sports and Cultural Center. The center was filled with the cheers and applause of 800 students.

About Joanna Despotopoulou:Joanna Despotopoulou is President of Special Olympics Hellas.
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