Get Fit For Sport

The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Plus (PALA+) is a program designed to motivate people of all ages to be physically active on a regular basis by participating in activities they enjoy. Special Olympics is taking part in PALA Plus through a challenge called Get Fit For Sport.


Michelle Kwan for PALA

Olympic Gold Medalist Michelle Kwan invites everyone in Special Olympics to take part in the Get Fit for Sport challenge. Watch the Video

The Special Olympics Get Fit for Sport  challenge is for everyone associated with Special Olympics, including athletes, families, coaches, volunteers, program staff, Board members, and friends. Special Olympics ran a pilot version of the challenge in 2012 that involved 10 United States Programs. This year, all U.S. Programs are invited to take part and see which Program can make the most healthy lifestyle changes over two eight-week periods starting March 1. 

About PALA Plus
The Get Fit for Sport challenge follows the concepts of the PALA Plus program, encouraging people to find fun ways to be active almost every day of the week. Participants can choose all kinds of activities to meet this goal—playing with the kids, gardening, walking, playing basketball, running, yoga, and more—all while fueling their bodies with nutritious foods.

About the Get Fit for Sport Challenge

Each Program can have multiple teams, and the teams will work together to encourage participation and achievement during the challenge. Winners of the challenge will be announced at the USA National Games in New Jersey in June. The challenge involves a variety of achievements, such as weight lost and team scores. The goal of the challenge is to get people to continue to work activity and better food choices into their daily lives long after the challenge is over. 

Every U.S. Program has its own section on the PALA Plus website. Use the link below to go to your Program's page.


Success Stories


March 28, 2014 | North America: Florida

Athlete Health Corner: Jonathan Doring Gets Fit For Sport

By Jonathan Doring

In July 2010, I learned that I had been chosen to play tennis as a member of Team USA at the World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011. I wanted to do my very best and represent my country well.View Story In July 2010, I learned that I had been chosen to play tennis as a member of Team USA at the World Games in Athens, Greece in 2011. I wanted to do my very best and represent my country well. I began training regularly by playing tennis two or three times a week, exercising and watching my diet. I worked hard for almost a year and won the Gold Medal. After returning from World Games, Nancy Sawyer [of Special Olympics Florida] asked me to become part of the Healthy Lifestyle Program and I became an athlete health coach. Then in March of 2012, Nancy sent me the information about the President’s Challenge [now called SO Get Fit for Sport]. My dad and I joined right away. After winning a PALA certificate, I kept going. I have won Bronze, Silver and Gold so far and will get to Platinum. My dad exercises with me and has reached the Gold medal level, too.

About Jonathan Doring:Athlete leader in Florida
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March 26, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Git Fit for Sport

By Darryl Robinson

Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem.View Story Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem, all while participating in fun activities and eating healthy! The Special Olympics GET FIT FOR SPORT challenge is for YOU! Athletes (Like me!), Families, Coaches, Volunteers, Staff, Board Members, Friends, and everyone (over the age of 6 years) associated with Special Olympics. This challenge encourages you to set goals and perform physical activities and eat healthy for a 16 week period (that's only 80 days). For physical activity, complete 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, of daily activity five days a week for sixteen weeks. Also, eat healthy by adding a weekly healthy eating goal. Add a new physical activity and healthy eating goal each week, while continuing with goals from previous weeks. By the time you are finished, good eating habits will be part of your new, healthy lifestyle!

About Darryl Robinson :Darryl Robinson, Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete 2014 USA Games Athlete Athlete Leadership Council
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March 25, 2014 | North America: Louisiana

Special Olympics Louisiana Get Fit for Sport

By Darryl Robinson

Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level.View Story Special Olympics is committed to fostering fitness and healthy lifestyle choices among our Movement. Together, whatever the age or skill level, we will break down barriers and improve the way we have fun, develop skills and build self-esteem, all while participating in fun activities and eating healthy! The Special Olympics GET FIT FOR SPORT challenge is for YOU! Athletes (Like me!), Families, Coaches, Volunteers, Staff, Board Members, Friends, and everyone (over the age of 6 years) associated with Special Olympics. This challenge encourages you to set goals and perform physical activities and eat healthy for a 16 week period (that's only 80 days). For physical activity, complete 60 minutes/day for kids, 30 minutes/day for adults, of daily activity five days a week for sixteen weeks. Also, eat healthy by adding a weekly healthy eating goal. Add a new physical activity and healthy eating goal each week, while continuing with goals from previous weeks. By the time you are finished, good eating habits will be part of your new, healthy lifestyle!

About Darryl Robinson :Darryl Robinson Special Olympics Louisiana Athlete 2014 USA Games Athlete Athlete Leadership Council
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