Special Olympics Saskatchewan has been working with children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability for over forty years. Within this time, it has grown well beyond being an event to become a year-round national movement. Our vision is to continue to improve and expand the quality, opportunity and accessibility of sport to individuals with an intellectual disability. Along with this, we continue to strive to improve upon both the awareness and support of the Province of Saskatchewan.
For people with intellectual disability in Saskatchewan, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to develop a strong sense of self. Special Olympics Saskatchewan optimizes the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sport to improve the wellbeing of individuals with an intellectual disability. Part of our mission is to educate people about the dignity and gifts of all people.
The confidence and skills our athletes gain translate into other areas of life as well, many Special Olympics Saskatchewan athletes lead busy lives, from fulfilling work obligations, volunteering, hanging out with friends to playing in a band to dedicating time to their beloved sport. Special Olympics teaches us to recognize our similarities instead of our differences.
We all value leadership, courage, unity, perseverance, and sportsmanship. This is a force that brings people together and allows them to connect on an entirely new level. People from all walks of life – families, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, government officials, and others – work together to make the world a better place; one which is more compassionate, respectful, accepting, and tolerant.