On August 27, 2022, we volunteered at the Special Olympics, Area 8, swim competition in Davie, Florida. This is an event where over 200 swimmers with intellectual disabilities come together and compete. The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and has been having a significant impact ever since, helping these athletes realize what they are capable of accomplishing in sports and other activities. The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for those with intellectual disabilities. Such disabilities refer to a person who has specific limits in their cognitive function and other skills, which include self-care and communication. Some of the causes include Down Syndrome, Autism, and Fragile X Syndrome. The Special Olympics gives these children and adults opportunities to demonstrate courage, develop physical fitness, and experience happiness with other Special Olympics athletes, their families, and the community. Working with this organization brought me joy knowing that I was helping children and adults pursue their athletic dreams and helping the community grow in a positive way.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Special Olympics, check out their website linked below to see upcoming events and updates. This is a great organization to work with and I would love to help support again.
August 27, 2022
Volunteering for the Special Olympics championship was a memorable experience. Spending the day volunteering to help these athletes was one of the most rewarding service projects I have participated in.
As a swimmer, I have competed in numerous swim meets and volunteered at many too, but this was my first experience volunteering at one with the Special Olympics. It was satisfying helping the athletes compete at their best.
At the end of the very hot day on the pool deck I was left with a big smile on my face. Knowing that I had been a small part of helping to make their day better was a great feeling.
August 27, 2022