Changing Attitudes Through Sport
Mohamed and Simon are friends and Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Kenya who are leading an initiative to introduce Unified Sports to 5 schools in Nairobi County. In September 2018, Mohamed and Simon participated in the Special Olympics Global Youth Leadership Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan to learn how to enhance the impact of their youth leadership and establish a project plan for their initiative.
Mohamed and Simon plan to not only grow Unified Sports but also document the impact of Unified Sports on students’ attitudes and skill acquisition. They plan to hold youth forums and Unified Sports tournaments for Special Olympics athletes and their Unified partners to come together, learn, and compete. They hope their project will be a platform for youth to learn from each other and grow together.
Mohamed and Simon are inspired by their personal experiences participating in Unified Sports and seeing Special Olympics athletes overcome obstacles through sport. They hope that by introducing Unified Sports in more schools they can create a space for equality and teach youth about the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Mohamed and Simon expect their project to expand Special Olympics participation in Kenya by sharing the impact that Unified Sports has on people with and without intellectual disabilities, friends and family.
Mohamed and Simon are excited to work together as part of the Unified Generation. To them, the Unified Generation means youth coming together and understanding each other. As leaders of the Unified Generation, Mohamed and Simon are creating inclusion in Kenya and inspiring inclusion around the world.