Special Olympics Camp: Track and Field

« Back

Added on January 27, 2018 by Shailee.S

Special Olympics Camp: Track and Field | IMG_7366

After my first event, the Special Olympics Basketball Clinic with Windermere Prep, I decided to host another Special Olympics Clinic with the track team. I hoped to have an equally successful camp but there were fewer WPS Athletes than at the Basketball clinic. The disproportionate ratio of WPS Athletes to Special Olympics athletes made me nervous and I wasn't sure how this camp would turn out in comparison to the basketball camp. After starting the camp, I realized this could be one of the most successful camps because the coaches got the chance to work directly with the athletes, which changed the environment of the camp. Instead of the WPS players doing a drill next to the players, they were leading a group of Special Olympic Athletes. The WPS track runners displayed patience when teaching and persistence in making sure Special Olympic athletes were learning new skills. The Special Olympics' athletes were eager to learn and when they struggled used the experienced players around them to gain help. Even though I felt unsettled by the fact there was an uneven proportion of athletes to mentors, all the participants were excited to be learning and playing a sport they loved!

In the WPS Community, there is very little awareness about special needs children. The goal of these camps is to increase awareness among our local community and allow both groups to bond in their commonalities. As my camps continue to grow, I hope they will provide a platform for an inclusive environment for Special Olympics.

More Photos

 

 

 

Search

 

Recent Posts

 

Archives

 

Categories

 

Alumni

View All »

Dance

View All »

Fresh Ideas

View All »

Honors, AP, and IB

View All »

Nord Anglia Education

View All »

Performing Arts

View All »

Poetry

View All »

Sports

View All »

Student Tips

View All »

Tap

View All »

Teacher's Perspective

View All »

The Juilliard School

View All »

Uncategorized

View All »

Writing

View All »

Tags

 

RSS Feed