Unified LeadershipSpecial Olympics athletes contribute to their communities in so many ways beyond the playing field. Athlete leaders put their talents to work as volunteers, coaches, fund-raisers, staffers, Board Members and spokespersons. They are teaching the world the true meaning of inclusion.
Through sports training and competitions, Special Olympics Kenya helps people with intellectual disabilities (ID) achieve joy, acceptance and success. They gain the confidence that comes with achievement. They feel empowered. Athletes lead the way as the voices of the movement, taking on meaningful roles in their communities and educating the world about the potential of people with ID. These athletes drive the Special Olympics movement forward with their insights and contributions, and are shining examples of what it means to be a leader.
Our Athlete Leadership Programs can take athletes even farther — as leaders and respected spokespeople in their communities. It helps our athletes become mentors for other athletes, encouraging them to engage in sports and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. They train to become coaches and officials. They can also move toward a more public role as motivational speakers, spokespersons and fundraisers, telling audiences and journalists about the remarkable changes that Special Olympics helped bring to their lives.
Athlete leadership in Kenya has made outstanding progress ever since it started. Joshua Agare has become a role model to other athletes. Joshua who is an international Global Massager has done tremendous work. Being a member of the Kenya Board of Directors has been involved in fundraising as he is a good public speaker.
The future plan for this program is involve more athletes to be leaders and show or encourage them that they are able to lead in any capacity they assume
Inclusive youth leadership is when young people of all abilities are given opportunities to be leaders in their schools and communities. These leadership activities help students find their voices and teach them to become change agents in their communities by promoting equity and acceptance. Social inclusion is best fostered when activities within the classroom, school, and community are designed and implemented by a diverse group of students within a school.
3.Inclusive Sports and Youth Programs
The Special Olympics Unified Sports and Youth Leadership Programs brings together persons with intellectual disability and those without disability, ultimately promoting inclusion in schools and in the community. This allows those with intellectual disabilities and those without to find a common bond in their love for sports as they participate as team mates in sports, staying fit and having a great time.
Though many of the special units are located within the primary schools, most of the time the respective learners rarely interact with each other. The Special Olympics Unified Sports then becomes an avenue to promote social inclusion in the schools by providing opportunities for the learners with intellectual disabilities and their peers without intellectual disabilities to play together in one team. Many teachers and learners with and without intellectual disabilities have attested to the ability of the Unified Sports and youth leadership programs to promote acceptance, dignity, tolerance as well as creating inclusive and respective communities.
Inclusive sports play a huge role in dispelling negative perceptions about intellectual disability, and bringing down barriers of discrimination. Special Olympics Kenya supports unified sports because of its potential to bring about inclusivity in the society.