Updated: Apr 28, 2020
The following post was written by Abdou and Moussa, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Senegal. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!
For our project we organized a football tournament of 6 teams and 2 athletics clubs for 2 days. We bought t-shirts for athletes and players and polo shirts for coaches. We played the games in the LALA Center, the Alphabet Foot Center, the USO Center, and the Henry Center. For the first day two matches were played via direct elimination until there were two teams left in the final in the LALA Center and the USO Center. On the second day of the final we invited the minors of the two finalists to play the opening game. Then we followed this game with the athletic races and we ended with the final game of football. In the game the team from the LALA Center and the USO Center played against each other and the team from the LALA Center won the football tournament. After the match Special Olympics Senegal athletes gave the athletes milk, balloons, and a trophy for the winning team. After the tournament we organized a time to have lunch with the Special Olympics athletes so we could chat with them.
The 2018–2019 Special Olympics Youth Innovation Grant initiative is supported through partnerships with Hasbro, Inc., The Samuel Family Foundation, the Office of Special Education Programs at the United States Department of Education, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Kantar Group, the Microsoft Corporation, Lane Global Youth Leadership, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Learn more about these inspiring projects at SpecialOlympicsGlobalYouthProjects.org.