Keeping our athletes healthy so they can improve their ability to train and compete in Special Olympics is the key goal of the Healthy Athletes® program.
For more than 10 years, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes ® program has been serving athletes by offering free health screenings and health information at local, regional, national,and World Games. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics Oregon Healthy Athletes® offers free screenings at some state competitions and special events. Volunteer healthcare professionals and students provide assessments for vision (Opening Eyes), dental (Special Smiles), hearing (Healthy Hearing), fitness (FUNfitness), health education (Health Promotion), and sports physicals (MedFest) in a welcoming and fun environment.
Beyond the screenings, Healthy Athletes® trains healthcare professionals about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities (ID), collects and analyzes data on the health conditions of people with ID, and raises public and professional awareness of the healthcare problems that people with ID face.
Special Olympics Oregon Promotes Community Volunteerism
Yamhill bocce coach Jill Olson: The embodiment of consistency, Jill is there for her athletes year in and year out.
“I met Jill through work, and thought she’d make the perfect unified partner for my daughter in bocce. Now, she’s coaching the bocce team. And the athletes just love her!”—Nancy Keim, Local Program Coordinator, Yamhill County