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Special Olympics Awareness Week 4-10 July

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Special Olympics Awareness Week 4-10 July

Special Olympics New Zealand is calling for more volunteers to help it give more sporting and development opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities, during its annual Awareness Week (4-10 July). 

Special Olympics New Zealand provides a year-round programme of sports training and competition for more than 7,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in New Zealand.  Athletes take part in training programmes at their local Clubs and have the opportunity to compete regionally, nationally and even internationally. 

The local Clubs are fully run and supported by volunteers – no membership fees are charged for athletes. 

Special Olympics New Zealand Chief Executive Kathy Gibson said the organisation currently has nearly 1300 volunteers supporting its 44 local Clubs, but more are needed to support the continued growth of Special Olympics.

“Every year we are seeing more and more athletes joining our Clubs, and we continue to add further sports and competition opportunities to our programme,” Kathy said. “We’re very fortunate to be supported by a dedicated group of passionate volunteers, and we need more of these people to support our growth and most importantly, our athletes.”  

As well as its sports training and competition focus Special Olympics New Zealand also provides intellectually disabled athletes with important opportunities to meet and socialise with other athletes in their community, and around the country.

Special Olympics New Zealand’s Awareness Week runs from 4-10 July 2015. Text GIVE to 2449 to donate $3 to Special Olympics New Zealand or visit www.specialolympics.org.nz/donate

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