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Special Olympics to honour partners at 35th National Games

Friday, June 29, 2018

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Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) will mark today's start of its two-day National Summer Games by recognising organisations which have offered at least 35 years of unbroken service to the movement.

The honorees are Randolph Lopez School of Hope, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run), Restaurants of Jamaica (KFC), Tara Courier Services, and Jamaica Information Service.

They will be recognised during this afternoon's opening ceremony.

Sporting action in the CHASE Fund-sponsored 35th Summer Games is also set to begin today, with events at the SOJ's multi-purpose complex and at the Stadium East facility.

Over 600 athletes from across the island are expected to participate in volleyball, bocce, badminton, unified basketball, and track and field.

The Jamaicans, who had immense success at the 2015 World Summer Games in Los Angeles, United States, are preparing for next year's event in Abu Dhabi, United Emirates.

Special Olympics Cayman Islands has committed to entering its unified basketball team at the SOJ's Summer Games. The Cayman Islands are using the unified basketball competition to assess athletes ahead of the 2019 Abu Dhabi Games.

Special Olympics International is a global organisation that has been facilitating sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities since 1968.

These activities provide the chance for athletes to develop physical and mental fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.

The inclusive unified sports programme combines athletes with disabilities and individuals without these disabilities as teammates for training and competition.

Intellectual disabilities can either be acquired or genetic and can include cases of Down's syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy.

— Sanjay Myers

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