Updated: Apr 29
The following post was written by Ana and Carlos, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from El Salvador. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!
We are very happy to have fulfilled our project. We were both excited about the idea from the beginning since being able to present a new sport to educational institutions and families is something quite new. Our objectives were met as we involved families and students to be a voice of inclusion. Young people had the opportunity to be a voice of inclusion by committing to lead each of their teams, generating friendship between families and the community. First we planned our project and assessed its viability - we found the family to be very important because it was the first area of youth development. When we went to the institutions to present the project, train on disability issues, and invite people to participate in the activity more and more young people wanted to join the floorball tournament so we gave more space to these students.
The activity was carried out with very good assistance and without problems. Several institutions, families, sponsors, and volunteers welcomed the introduction of this new sport.
The attractiveness of the activity was not only that it was many participants’ first experience in the sport, but way we presented the sport. This sport is something that is not common in El Salvador and that none of the attendees were familiar with it.
One of the elements that caught our attention the most was that the 2 teams that were left to compete in the final round of the tournament were made up of several girls. These girls worked hard to create gender equality and inclusion in this sport. We are very satisfied with the results and hope to do another community project.
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.