The following post was written by Marie and Alfred, two Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Senegal. The pair make it their mission to strengthen inclusion in their community. Check out how they #innovateforinclusion!
Together with Special Olympics we must do our mission to include because all men are equal in front of the law and in front of God. I think our project fights against discrimination on behalf of children with intellectual disabilities because we provided individuals with intellectual disabilities with an opportunity to show their true talents through sports. We must help these children know who they are and try to give them confidence because they need to have confidence in themselves. We have to love them as we love our self because God asks us to. We do not have to keep them in houses as prisoners. Instead let’s help them discover the meaning of life. We have to create opportunities for them to go to school just because they are part of this world and we must recognize them as such. We also understand that this kind of program is important because we realize how deep it changes the life of these children. This means parents who have children with intellectual disabilities must be ready to help their children participate. All of us know how sports can benefit our health so this program is very, very important to us and our community.
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.