Possibilities endless for Special Olympics - Bell
Executive director of Special Olympics Jamaica, Lorna Bell, believes the possibilities are endless for her organisation which has partnered with the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport to enhance the capability of special athletes under an inspiring Unified Sports theme of Special Olympics International.
Bell credited a US$5,000 investment from the sponsors, which is part of an overall US$10,000 grant from Special Olympics International and Lions International.
It will assist her team of special athletes and volunteers. The programme commenced on Tuesday under the tutelage of Alf Remekie.
The initiative is part of a global thrust which will see SOJ athletes play and compete with those without intellectual disabilities.
It is being supported by the Jamaica Basketball Association, a stakeholder alongside SOJ coach Calvin Martin.
Upon completing the course, participants will be assigned to special education institutions and primary schools to assist and further the development of youth basketball.
"Some of our athletes are over there (G.C. Foster) working and training. Many don't understand what Special Olympics is about, but with G.C. Foster, we hope to promote a unified theme which will help to foster even more awareness and inclusion," Bell told STAR Sports.
Bell is hoping other tertiary institutions will come on board as well.
Remekie, who works at G.C. Foster College, noted that his institution would be looking at innovative ways to assist persons with special needs to get specialised training especially in the practical areas.
Standout SOJ basketball player Owen McCoy, who played on a silver medal winning team last year at the Special Olympics, is representing his community team in Olympic Gardens.
Bell said this year would be an active one for her charges, with SOJ set to have unified National Games on June 24 and 25.