Special Olympics

Aim

Become the leader for Special Olympics in Andhra Pradesh by empowering differently abled youth through the medium of sport, to allow them to enjoy their childhood, learn lifelong skills and lead better lives.

The Special Olympics program at ASA has 18 centres catering to a total of 1,244 (582 girls and 662 boys) children.  Children with intellectual disability, physical, visual, hearing and speech impairment as well as with cerebral Palsy are enrolled into these 18 centres. The programs run via two types of centres: Grassroot Programs and Bathalapalli Centre.

Grassroot Programs

Grassroot programs are implemented in 17 RDT’s Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) schools across the district of Anantapur. Of these 17 centres, 5 schools run programs for both girls and boys while 6 each are run exclusively for boys and girls respectively. A total of 1,214 youth (567 girls and 647 boys) participate in regular, weekly sports and physical activity training implemented by specially trained Physical Education teachers in these schools.

 

Apart from the physical education, emphasis is also laid on the basic life skills training and specialized education (reading, managing personal finances, local language training, basic math). Children are also given technical and vocational training (handcraftsmanship, cooking, gardening, carpentry) as part of their daily routine to enhance their chances of having a better future.

Bathalapalli Centre

Bathalapalli centre is a fully residential program where all 15 boys and 15 girls are provided with the necessary support for their development. The program offers the sports training by qualified coaches, education and vocational training program, as well as a nutrition program, incorporating all three daily meals. The centre has quality infrastructure to support the athletes’ holistic development, including:

  • Football ground
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Handball ground
  • Badminton court (indoor)
  • Table Tennis (indoor)
  • Gym (Power lifting & Weightlifting)

 

Apart from the physical education, emphasis is also laid on the basic life skills training and specialized education (reading, managing personal finances, local language training, basic math). Youth are also given technical and vocational training (handcraftsmanship, cooking, gardening, carpentry) as part of their daily routine to enhance their chances of having a better future.

Major Achievements

  • 17 medals from our 13 Special Olympic Bharat(India) athletes at the Special Olympics World Games 2015, in Los Angeles, USA
  • 21 athletes including 11 girls and 10 boys have participated in Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, Australia 2013 and won 24 medals
  • 2 athletes have participated and won 2 gold medals in floor hockey at the Special Olympics Winter World Games, Korea 2013
  • 2 girls have participated and won 3 medals in track & field events during the Special Olympics World Games, Athens 2011